PRINT October 1970

Matisse in Paris

DESPITE THE OMISSION OF KEY WORKS, omissions which would have crippled a retrospective of many a modern artist, the Matisse centenary exhibition, held this summer in Paris, is a resounding success. It is a show of truly stupendous beauty; in the galleries of the Grand Palais there can be no doubt that Matisse was one of the greatest of painters. Organized by Pierre Schneider in collaboration with the Matisse family, the exhibition brings together 250 works including 200 paintings, 28 sculptures, and a large number of gouaches découpées and decorative designs. The Russian government agreed to send 20 of the pictures acquired before the war by the collectors Shchukin and Morosov. Among these are the two large compositions Dance and Music which have not been exhibited in the West since the Salon d’Automne of 1910. To these were added rarely seen pictures from the Matisse estate.

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