'Matisse altered painting so decisively that our experience of any painting must be affected by what he achieved.'
Building upon the radical stylistic developments of Fauvism, using bold colour as a means of expression, Matisse's mature style continued to focus on expressive form with heavy, flowing outlines and swathes of vivid colour. Perspective is shallow or non-existent, the flatness of the picture surface relieved by decorative patterns. 'Colours have a beauty of their own which must be preserved, as one strives to preserve tonal quality in music', he wrote. 'It is a question of organisation and construction which is sensitive to maintaining this beautiful freshness of colour'.