Jennifer Katanic on Henri Matisse’s The Piano Lesson

Matisse’s 1916 painting captures the gray days of WWI Paris—and nods to his frenemy Pablo Picasso.
Apr 2, 2021

In our latest online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Jennifer Katanic, who works in the Accounting department, recounts a discussion about self-portraiture between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, and suggests that the uncharacteristically muted colors of Matisse’s The Piano Lesson reflect his vision of a Paris riven by the First World War.

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