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"The Red Studio" in the Conservation Lab"

Duration
6:30
In this video, MoMA’s conservation team discusses the painting’s unlikely evolution.

The Red Studio, as its title suggests, is primarily defined by the Venetian red that covers most of its surface. But this aspect of the painting was a late-stage decision: Matisse applied the red atop a nearly completed painting with a very different palette. That earlier version of the painting provided a more naturalistic portrayal of his studio, with colors differentiating the floor and walls, and the furniture depicted as solid forms.