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Henri Matisse
Bathers with a Turtle
1907-08
Saint Louis Art Museum
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MATISSE AND MEMORY
by Charlie Finch



If Picasso can be said to be always preoccupied with the present, even to the point of appropriating whatever mythos might seem to satisfy his creative cravings at a given moment, Matisse, especially in the great period of work currently drawing the crowds at the Museum of Modern Art, is always not only wistfully nostalgic, but consciously looking forward to future viewers looking back in time at his work.

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