Art: Exceptional Matisse

A Chicago tool & die manufacturer named Clem Caditz began collecting Matisse prints last spring. He bought armfuls of them, but what he really yearned for was a Matisse original. The hitch was that all the originals by famous painters cost too much. Caditz sat down and wrote Matisse a letter: he had just $50 to $100 to spend; could the old master draw him something for that kind of money?

Caditz got his answer in two parts: 1) a friendly letter from Matisse, 2) a tubular package which arrived last week. Caditz, knowing from the letter that something good was...

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