Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) – Studio under the Eaves, 1903 (Oil on canvas. Fitzwilliam Museum) – The makeshift, spartan look of this studio suggests the painter’s financial straits. His palette rests upon a simple wooden crate. His easel is set up before a folding table on which stands a single vase containing two dahlias. The two skylights do little to illuminate the interior. Even the daylight that enters the open window only serves to intensify the darkness of the foreground by casting a long dark shadow.