La Leçon de musique (1917)

Matisse, Henri (1869-1954)

La Leçon de musique (The Music Lesson)
Oil on canvas, 245.1 x 210.8 cm
Barnes FoundationPhiladelphia

Matisse set this portrait of his wife, daughter, and two sons in the living room of the family home in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Music played an important role in the Matisse household; the artist himself was an accomplished violinist. Perhaps the violin resting in the foreground of this family portrait is Matisse‘s way of including himself in the picture. (BF)

See also:

Issy-les-Moulineaux (France) | Matisse-Parayre, Amélie Noellie (1872-1958)