Algerian Woman by Henri Matisse, 1909


Henri Matisse. The Algerian Woman. 1909. Oil on canvas. Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which might be for every mental worker, be he a businessman or writer, like an appeasing influence, like a mental soother, something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue…”  -Henri Matisse, from Notes on Painting, 1908