Somebody please tell The Met that their Matisse drawing,
...is a preparation for this painting:
"There are so many things in art, beginning with art itself, that one doesn't understand. A painter doesn't see everything that he has put into his painting. It is other people who find these treasures in it, one by one, and the richer a painting is in surprises of this sort, in treasures, the greater its author." Henri Matisse.
My review of The Conversation, 1938.
Image descriptions and credits:
Study for Song, 1938
Charcoal on paper
25 3/4 x 20 in. (65.4 x 50.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002 (2002.456.45)
© 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The Conversation, 1938.
18 3/8 in. x 21 3/4 in. (46.67 cm x 55.25 cm)
Bequest of Mr. James D. Zellerbach
© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art