10 x 8"
oil on panel
In the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, it's been my observation that most visitors find Henri Matisse's Dance a joyful and buoyant work of art which encourages a rest on the bench to take it all in. I think Matisse would be pleased.
There are two versions of Dance - MoMA possesses the earlier painting, done in 1909, a 'study' of the final painting done a year later, which resides in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. A Russian businessman and art collector commissioned Matisse, a long-time associate, for a piece to be hung in the staircase of his Moscow mansion. Eventually the collector bequeathed it to the Hermitage - the 'study' was donated by Nelson Rockefeller to the Museum of Modern Art.
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