"I have always tried," wrote Matisse, "to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of springtime." He achieved that aim in this canvas, painted in Nice during the early months of World War II. A tapestry design hangs behind the woman, while the window to the right is covered in black. The oak table, a light wood with a natural finish in real life, is painted black and green, thereby transforming it into a decorative shape that anchors the center of the composition.
Rome, Italy: Musei Capitolini, 9/19/97 - 2/1/98 "Henri Matisse: La révélation me'est venue de l'Orient."National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan (9/10/2004 - 12/12/2004): "Henri Matisse: Process and Variation"Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 20 - May 29, 2005. "Masterworks from The Phillips Collection". Not in exh. cat.K20-Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany (10/29/2005 - 2/19/2006) and Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland (3/19/2006 - 7/23/2006): "Henri Matisse: Interiors with Women", ex. cat. no. 112, p. 157.CMA (organizer). Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea: Dec. 18, 2006 - March 31, 2007; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea: Apr. 7 - May 20, 2007; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: June 9 - Sept. 16, 2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, Feb. 21-June 1, 2008; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, June 22 - September 21, 2008; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, October 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/11/2015 - 1/5/2016); "Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse"Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (4/9/2017 – 7/9/2017): "Matisse in the Studio" cat. no. 124, p. 139.
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