Matisse considered it to be a particularly important work and later commented that in this canvas he had used black to paint light.

Interior With a Violin by Henri Matisse

Every age manifests itself by some external evidence. In a period such as ours when only a comparatively few individuals seem to be given to religion, some form other than the Gothic cathedral must be found. Industry concerns the great numbers-it may be true, as has been said, that our factories are our substitute for religious expression.

Charles Sheeler’s “Water” (1945)