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Matisse: La Période Niçoise, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes 01/15/2003
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Category: Exhibitions
Date: 01 May 2003

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This is the first exhibition I have been to where it was painful to look at. I don't mean mentally painful (God knows I have been to enough of those). This was real eye-watering physical discomfort. Some no doubt well-intentioned yet wanting to make his/her mark on the show curator had decided that these 20 or so smallish Matisse paintings would be enhanced by being hung on yellow walls. I don't mean a gentle hue of lemon, this was day-glo Changing Rooms Sunny Delight jaune at its brightest. Even the ceilings were lined with a yellow gauze so the light coming from the skylight could filter through jaundiced. Were the paintings any good? Probably, but I couldn't really tell. I'm still suffering from sunblindness.

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