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Matisse gets ‘radical’ in Chicago

March 19, 2010

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– Christopher Knight

I’ve just come from the press preview at the Art Institute of Chicago for “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917.” The show opens Saturday, and I’ll have a full review early next week.

Suffice it to say that this is one of those exhibitions that visitors will talk about for years, whether they’re art enthusiasts or professional historians. Look at the numbers: The show zeroes in on a crucial 4 1/2-year period in Henri Matisse’s development, when he made some of his toughest, most memorable and sometimes strange and enigmatic works, and it brings together more than 117 paintings, sculptures and works on paper to examine every aspect of that, well, “radical invention.”

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