San Francisco

Henri Matisse

San Francisco Museum of Art

This much heralded, and, lavishly catalogued exhibition of large gouaches created by Henri Matisse between his eightieth and eighty-third year, sentiment and nostalgia apart, leave one strangely unmoved, especially by comparison to his 1905 masterpiece. Woman with a Hat, exhibited in the adjoining Stein collection. It is the works of this earlier Fauvre period that insures Matisse of his place as one of the most important contributors to 20th Century art.

John Coplans