around 1913’s in his mid 40’s matisse started creating less bold color paintings. he was influenced by cubism and cezanne. during his search to consider new methods and ways, he started using neutral shades specifically blacks and grays. by the end of this quest, he came close to impressionism but with more modern and refined lines.
today, art historians can track back the progress of the hands on development by looking beneath the surface. by using new imaging techniques, paint samples and materials,curators and organizers are able to determine how and when matisse changed the lines to transform the finished work.
they also removed the varnish which was yellowed over the years covering the artist’s real palette. It is found that the colors were much brighter.
a new show : matisse: radical invention 1913-1917 will soon open at MoMA.