A fresh perspective on Matisse at the Museum of Modern Art

Henri Matisse is famous as the painter of colorful pleasures, but an excellent new show at the Museum of Modern Art, called "Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917," provides a darker view of him. Around the time of World War I, under pressure from cubism's success and perhaps in response to world events, Matisse made many fractured paintings tinged with black.

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