HOW DEEP IS HER OCEAN?
by Charlie Finch
In his New Yorker
review of the Henri Matisse
exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, Peter Schjeldahl confesses a curmudgeonly affection for Blue Nude (Memories of Biskra)
, the 1907 painting featured in the show, observing that the work infuriated Picasso
, who remarked churlishly that Matisse could "either paint a nude or do a design, he can't do both," a delicious bit of trapped spite from the one painter who tried to have it all in Cubism and beyond!