Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain US ← → Bathers by a River Henri Matisse Date: 1909 - 1916 Style: Cubism Genre: genre painting Media: oil, canvas Dimensions: 390 x 260 cm Location: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US References: www.theartstory.org Matisse regarded this picture as one of the most important in his career, and it is certainly one of his most puzzling. He worked on it at intervals over eight years, and it passed through a variety of transformations. The painting evolved out of a commission from Matisse's Russian patron, Sergei Shchuckin, for two decorative panels on the subjects of dance and music, and, initially, the scheme for the picture resembled the idyllic scenes he had previously depicted in paintings such as Joy of Life (1905-06). However, his transformations gradually turned it into more of a confrontation with Cubism, and it is for this reason that the picture has been the subject of intense scrutiny. Although Matisse rejected Cubism, he certainly felt challenged by it, and this picture - along with many he painted from 1913 to 1917 - seems to be influenced by the style, since it is very unlike his previous, more decorative work. It is far more concerned with faithful representation of the structure of the human figure, and its position in space. Henri Matisse Famous works A Glimpse of Notre-Dame in the Late Afternoon Henri Matisse · 1902 Luxury, Serenity and Pleasure Henri Matisse · 1904 - 1905 Woman with a Hat Henri Matisse · 1905 The Joy of Life Henri Matisse · 1905 - 1906 The Young Sailor II Henri Matisse · 1906 The Blue Nude (Souvenir of Biskra) Henri Matisse · 1907 Dance (II) Henri Matisse · 1910 Music Henri Matisse · 1910 Moroccan Café Henri Matisse · 1912 - 1913 Bathers by a River Henri Matisse · 1909 - 1916 The Moroccans Henri Matisse · 1915 - 1916 The Dance Henri Matisse · 1932 - 1933 The Circus Henri Matisse · 1943 Icarus Henri Matisse · 1943 - 1944 White Torso and Blue Torso Henri Matisse · 1944 The Beasts of the Sea Henri Matisse · 1950 Blue Nude II Henri Matisse · 1952 The King's Sadness Henri Matisse · 1952 The Snail Henri Matisse · 1953 La gerbe Henri Matisse · 1953 View all 618 artworks Related Artworks Lovers in pink Marc Chagall Silhouette Man Ray The Feast of the Tabernacles Marc Chagall Lovers in green Marc Chagall The painter to the moon Marc Chagall Visit to grandparents Marc Chagall The Smolensk Newspaper Marc Chagall Purim Marc Chagall Departure of Summer Man Ray The Fiddler Marc Chagall The Promenade Marc Chagall Acrobats in the circus Fernand Leger Blue Lovers Marc Chagall Propellers 2nd state Fernand Leger Wounded Soldier Marc Chagall Woman with guitar Pablo Picasso Lovers Pablo Picasso The Fiddler Marc Chagall Man with mandolin Pablo Picasso The Poet, or Half Past Three Marc Chagall 1 Load more Advertisement.