Art: A Domain of Light and Color

Morocco's impact on Matisse is traced in a radiant show

"Matisse in Morocco," which opened Sunday at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (it was at the National Gallery in Washington through the spring, and will go to Moscow and Leningrad in the fall and winter), is what used to be called a connoisseurs' show. It covers a short time in a long life. Henri Matisse visited Morocco just twice, in early 1912 and again in the winter of 1912-13. Hence the exhibition is fairly small, only 24 paintings and a large group of sketchbook drawings. It can be seen without sore feet and framed as a whole in one's...

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