On the Scene … Revisiting A Matisse Classic at MoMA, New York

We stole a few minutes on a recent visit to MoMA to duck into the permanent collection galleries to view one of those famous Henri Matisse “Dance” paintings. Experiencing the artwork up close is a treat. “Dance” is a graceful beauty of an image. When it was first shown to the public, over a hundred years ago, it was groundbreaking and bold. The painting is foundational in the development of modern and contemporary aesthetics that have followed. Seeing Matisse’s work is a pleasant, calming palette cleanser after the experience of seeing an overwhelming torrent of new contemporary art and design in recent weeks.