“I don’t know why I precisely painted it this way,” Henri Matisse once said of “The Red Studio.” Now seen as a groundbreaking work that introduced monochrome to the vocabulary of modern art, this 1911 painting initially baffled even the artist himself. In this video, curator Ann Temkin traces “The Red Studio’s” history—from its rejection by Matisse’s patron and the public, to its time in a London nightclub, to its eventual acquisition by MoMA—and considers the painting’s influence on subsequent generations of artists.
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