Henri Matisse wrote:
"It has a splendour that one can't imagine unless one sees it -- because both the whole ceiling and its arched vaults come alive through radiation and the main effect continues right down to the floor...I am profoundly tired but very pleased. When I saw the canvas put in place, it was detached from me and became part of the building…“
Henri Matisse from a letter to his son, Pierre Matisse, April 24, 1933 on the installation of La Danse at The Barnes Foundation. (Jack Flam, Matisse: La Danse)
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