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Festival of Flowers, Nice (Fête des fleurs)

Festival of Flowers, Nice (Fête des fleurs)

1923

Henri Matisse

(French, 1869-1954)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 92.7 x 119.1 x 8.9 cm (36 1/2 x 46 7/8 x 3 1/2 in.); Unframed: 65.5 x 92.7 cm (25 13/16 x 36 1/2 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1946.444

Description

While living in Nice after World War I, Matisse adopted a more relaxed style saturated with the warm colors of the Mediterranean. This painting depicts the view from the balcony of Matisse's room at the Hôtel de la Meditérranée overlooking the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Pictured on the balcony are Matisse's daughter, Marguerite, and his model, Henriette, poised to toss their flowers to the participants in the parade below.

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