Matisse was one of the first to have a collection of African art and was the first to show this art to Picasso. African art is thought to have sparked Cubism with pieces such as "Demoiselles d'Avignon".
"Dance" (1911) (Fig. 3) and "Music" (1911) (Fig 4) are murals, originally commissioned by the Russian; Sergey Shchukin to be exhibited in Trubetskoy Palace...
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They were actually influenced by a visit to Collioure in 1905 when Matisse like Gauguin was influenced by the local labouring class after watching some fishermen and peasants on the beach doing a circular dance called a "sardana". Perhaps another reason why dance and music may have been chosen as subject matter was the influence of the World of Art movement and the Russian avant-garde...