From the Tate Gallery, London, UK: In the 1920s Matisse spent much of the year in Nice, in the South of France, returning to Paris only for the summer months. He continued to paint figure scenes, often semi-clothed 'odalisques' in exotically-patterned interiors. However, he also executed a number of naturalistic landscapes in soft-toned colours, which marked a significant departure from his earlier, more radical work. The presence in this picture of the woman seated on a bench gazing at the view is a reminder of the extent to which the Mediterranean had become a site of tourism by the 1920s.
In this 'hand-painted dream photograph' — as Dalí generally called his paintings — we find a seascape of distant horizons and calm waters, perhaps Port Lligat, amidst which Gala, once again, is the subject of the scene. Next to the naked body of the sleeping woman, which levitates above a flat rock that floats above the sea, Dalí depicts two suspended droplets of water and a pomegranate, a Christian symbol of fertility and resurrection. - art-Dali.com
Renoir first painted Jeanne Samary in early 1877, producing two oil portraits that show her bust-length against a background of flickering, multi-colored brushstrokes. The same year, he also made a pastel portrait of the actress and portrayed her on a pair of plaster medallions. In the earlier of the two oil portraits, Samary is dressed simply in a dark blue dress with a white collar buttoned to the neck; the palette of the painting is somber, and Samary's expression is reticent. - art-Renoir.com