The Pink Tablecloth
Knowing that life could be difficult, stressful and sad, Matisse wanted his paintings to be a source of comfort and joy.
By simplifying the shapes of the objects in his paintings, by heightening the colours and playing shapes and colours off against each other, he produced works that are full of seductive harmonies and compelling disharmonies. But there can also be something quite startling, even shocking in his paintings.
William McInnes, the Glasgow collector who owned this painting, loved it at first sight. But it took the gentle persuassion of Scottish artist Leslie Hunter and dealer A.J. McNeill Reid for him to be brave enough to buy it. It was probably painted for Matisse's appartment in Nice – the vase, the fruit stand and tablecloth appear in several other still lifes painted there between 1924 and 1925.
Bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944