If Arthur Carles had been born in New York instead of Philadelphia, or if he had been able to stay permanently in France, his art and his influence would be much more salient today. That he escaped as often as finances permitted from the Procrustean bed that was the Philadelphia art world of his day is telling as is the fact that, in spite of honors at home and abroad, Carles did not receive a solo exhibition in his home town until 1935.
In Paris Carles found artists who share his experimental approach to color. He took lessons from Matisse and although he dismissed the man as “a bourgeois” he admired the work. Matisse, for his part, would spend time with Carles in Philadelphia in 1931 while painting a series of lunettes for the Alfred Barnes Collection.