You are taken on a chronological tour, covering two floors, which helps to understand the stages that brought Matisse to his artistic maturity. His initial subdued palette, shown in ‘Breton Weaver’ (1895), brightens gradually as a result of his trips to Corsica, Collioure and Nice. And then there is his visit to Tahiti in 1930. “A decisive trip”, says Patrice Deparpe, a curator at the museum. “He took endless photos, of which one is this view from his hotel bedroom window.” It shows a view of the harbour and volcanoes in Moorea. Much later, his memories resurfaced and created this fascinating piece ‘Window in Tahiti’, which is one of the major works of the collection, alongside ‘Polynesia, the Sky’.