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Rejecting traditional subject matter, Balla paints an object that is forthrightly modern and technological.
When Matisse painted this, all the cool kids were into cubist geometry—and Matisse was definitely cool.
To say that Matisse “had a thing for goldfish” would be kind of an understatement.
In this painting of the artist’s studio, it’s Matisse vs. the illusion of space in a bloody battle royale.