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every good work of art is a kind of joke

“No , the French spirit will never live in this German larva, in this beer-filled thing which is at the Salon.” wrote a rival sculptor in the “Revue de Monde Catholique”. Others dubbed Rodin “the Michelangelo of the goiter”. The … Continue reading

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MATISSE: “Abnormal to the Last Degree”

The man who created this exotic and compelling art was not easy to know. In 1913, the New York Times dispatched Clara T. MacChesney to interview “The King of the Fauves” in his home outside Paris. Aware that Matisse’s work … Continue reading

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MATISSE:CUTOUTS BETWEEN REASON and FEELING

Ever simplifying and ever synthesizing; younger at eighty than at thirty, Matisse sat in his wheel chair, put aside paintbrush for scissors, and filled his sunset years with patterns of pure color. … “Matisse was the most important of the … Continue reading

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MATISSE SCULPTURE: Static Mass Into Dynamic Emblem

Henri Matisse did not concern himself only with painting, when what would be termed “fauvism” was coming forth in the summer of 1905 when he was in Collioure with Andre Derain. He also drew continually, and pondered the possibilities of … Continue reading

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