Matisse Show In Boston: “Exhilarating”

Claire Messud writes: Matisse used fascinating everyday objects ‘in countless drawings, paintings, and sculptures; and they can now be seen in “Matisse in the Studio” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, alongside the works that draw upon them, in a dance of recurrences and self-referential variations, spanning, chiefly, Matisse’s mature years. These mundane items, the organizing principle for this exhilarating show, served as sparks for Matisse’s art.’ Pictured is “Vase of Flowers,” from 1924.

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