Dormeuse Table Violette

French impressionist Henri Matisse painted Dormeuse Table Violette in 1939. Micheline Payot was the model of this work. Born in Nice in 1869, Matisse was one of the main leaders of Fauvism in painting, exploring the chromatic richness and the simplification of traits. In his words: “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”