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'Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs' at MoMA follows artist's paper trail
'Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs' at MoMA follows artist's paper trail

When Henri Matisse (1869-1954) finished his breakthrough painting "The Joy of Life," he was 36. A new century was just getting underway, and he flung open a door to an artistic adventure that would occupy him for almost 50 years. The escapade took a leading role in revolutionizing art. At the Museum of Modern Art, "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" tells the ravishing culmination of the story. The exhibition, beautifully organized and handsomely installed, unfolds with clarity and insight. Matisse began to make vibrant works from cut paper in the 1940s. Several were included at the conclusion of MoMA's marvelous retrospective of Matisse's full career 20 years...

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