Spanish Woman: Harmony in Blue, 1923. Henri Matisse. Oil on canvas. Robert Lehman Collection, 1975. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The Lehman painting belongs to a small series of works in which Matisse depicts Henriette Darricarrère in a frontal pose, almost as if he were executing a formal portrait. In each case, she appears before a different fabric background and is outfitted in various costumes and accessories with ethnic associations; often, as here, she is dressed as a Spanish woman.