Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

First Advisor

Mary Tompkins Lewis

Second Advisor

Michael FitzGerald


Following World War I, Henri Matisse moved to the South of France to escape the chaotic terrain of post-war Paris. It was in the idyllic Nice where the artist would reveal a "return to naturalism" with his motif of contemplative women before an open window. Uniting portraiture, decorative interiors and landscapes in one composition, Matisse dually investigates the theme of interiority, while providing the viewer with the aesthetic delights, available for his delectation.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art History.