Matisse’s world was a place celebrating color, music, dance, enjoyment, and peace. He repeated themes of beautiful women, flowers & fruit, and views out the window into a garden where the sun is always shining and it is always summer. He paints using all of his senses. Observers can smell beautiful aromas, taste refreshing treats, and hear music or peace and quiet. He transports his audiences into tranquil scenes where nothing matters accept inner peace, creativity, and beauty.

 “What I dream of is an art in balance, of purity and serenity; devoid of troubling or dperessing subject matter, an art which would be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters … like a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”