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Modern Art

Ranging from the early 20th-century School of Paris to the American Scene movement of the 1930s and ‘40s, the Chrysler’s collection of modern European and American art is remarkable both for its variety and its succession of individual masterpieces.

The Museum possesses signature works by many of the European early modernists, from Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse to Georges Braque and Giorgio de Chirico. American paintings of the same era begin with rich holdings of works by members of The Eight and their circle, including Robert Henri, William Glackens, and George Bellows. American modernism of the 1920s is represented by masters such as Edward Hopper and Stuart Davis, and Depression-era America is especially well-documented in major works by Reginald Marsh, Walt Kuhn, Thomas Hart Benton, and Philip Evergood.

Bowl of Apples on a Table

Henri Matisse
French (1869–1954)
Bowl of Apples on a Table, 1916
Oil on canvas
© 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse always held a strong affinity for the spirited and expressive medium of color. As his career advanced his paintings showed a parallel interest in the elimination of detail and the simplification of line. This still life bears evidence of both stylistic concerns, Despite its modest subject, Bowl of Apples on a Table has a solid, Cubist-inspired presence.

Throughout his career Matisse succeeded in creating an art that was calming as well as beautiful; he called it “a mental soother, something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.”