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Matisse at the Met: Hurry, Sunday is the last day

The Art Scene

The masterly, ravishing show “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” winding up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is overwhelming in a good way. With only 49 works arranged chronologically and in groupings ­— mostly pairs or trios — we can follow Matisse’s growth from imitator to singular master. In two paintings of the same subject, he can master a style, impressionism for example, in one and then leave that technique behind in the next, both in the same year.

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