1907 – 1960
Age of Global Conflict

Matisse's Luxe, calme et volupté

Henri Matisse, Luxe, calme et volupté, 1904, oil on canvas, 37 x 46 inches (Museé 
d'Orsay, Paris)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Painted while the artist stayed with the pointillist painter, Signac, at his home 
in Saint-Tropez on the Côte d'Azur. Matisse's title comes from Charles Baudelaire's
poem, L'invitation au voyage (Invitation To A Voyage) from his collection, The
Flowers of Evil
. Luxe, calme et volupté translates just as it sounds in English,
Luxury, calm, and voluptuous(ness)

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Kate wrote on Monday, February 04, 2013

When I first viewed this painting, my first reaction was of Seurat. I think there is a definite influence of pointilism, but as the commentors said, it is not. Seurat was known for his optical experience, organization of dots, and meticulous formation of dots. He thought about his placement. Matisse seems more focused on the vivid colors. Fauves were known for their

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