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Woman Before an Aquarium  1923

by Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was fascinated by the cultures of North Africa and the Middle East. In 1903 he visited an Islamic art exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; in 1910 he traveled to Munich for a major display of Islamic objects and then to Spain to see Moorish architecture. He also collected brilliantly colored and richly ornamented textiles, pottery, and tiles. I...
81.2 × 100.2 cm (31 15/16 × 39 7/16 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago