Great Leap Forward: Matisse in Chicago

From 1913 to 1917, Matisse reinvented painting. A new show in Chicago traces his path

Succession H. Matisse Arts, NY

Something about Henri Matisse always brings to mind the famous line from AndrĂ© Gide: "Do not understand me too quickly." Isn't that what we so often do with Matisse? We rush to indulge in the pleasures his art provides without coming to grips with its complexities. Compared with the Cubist-period work of his near contemporary Picasso — one picture after another that can be like a cheese grater for the eyes — even the most recondite Matisse is pretty beguiling. All those canvases flush with rose pink and aqua, filled with dancers and flowers and fruit — it's hard to look...

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