La Femme au Chapeau

For flute/alto flute, viola, and harp
Duration: 7 minutes

La Femme au Chapeau (the woman with the hat) is inspired by Henri Matisse’s painting of the same name (1905). A portrait of Matisse’s wife, the painting marks a period where the artist explored a use of vibrant color to create deeper expression in his work. When first shown at the Salon d’Automne, the painting created a scandal for its radical use of color in a formal portrait. It currently hangs in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is part of the permanent collection.