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Henri Matisse

Le Bonheur de vivre, also called The Joy of Life, 1905-1906

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This monumental canvas, which once hung in the famous collection of Gertrude and Leo Stein, is one of the watershed paintings in the history of European modernism. When Matisse first exhibited it in Paris in 1906, audiences were shocked. The problem wasn't the subject; the theme of sensual arcadia, with figures dancing and making music in a natural setting, had been a standard for centuries. It was the execution—the bold colors, the jarring shifts in scale, and the distorted anatomies. As Gertrude Stein would later write, "Matisse painted Le Bonheur de vivre and created a new formula for color that would leave its mark on every painter of the period."

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This exclusive Barnes Foundation Custom Print Shop is your exclusive source for reproductions authorized and available for purchase directly from the Foundation. All items that are offered are produced using gallery quality materials and the color is managed in a manner that produces a reproduction as true to the original as technology will allow.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering so make sure to come back and see the new releases.


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