Art: What I Want to Say

As a youth, Henri Matisse was enthralled by Giotto's religious frescoes in the Arena Chapel at Padua. But not until last year, at 78, did Matisse himself turn to religious art; then he began work on the little Dominican chapel that he had planned for the town of Vence, in the hills back of Nice. When he has finished, the result may be a 20th Century rival to Giotto's 14th Century work at Padua.

Since Matisse first conceived the chapel (TIME, Jan. 3), the ailing but happy old man has altered his plans for it again & again. The design for its...

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