Art: Two Kinds

No one really expected Painter Henri Matisse to bother to answer the attack that British Royal Academy President Sir Alfred Munnings had made on his work (TIME, May 9). But last week Matisse did. Sitting up in bed in his suburban apartment at Nice to talk to a TIME correspondent, the 79-year-old master gently contradicted Horse-Painter Munnings' views on modern art in general.

"If you want to paint a tree," gruff Sir Alfred had snorted at a recent R.A. banquet, "for heaven's sake make it look like a tree!" Matisse's La Forêt (in London's Tate Gallery) did not look a bit...

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