We went to see the Matisse at MOMA, along with 5 billion other people. (google images - Matisse cut outs MOMA to see the exhibit). I have to admit that I was not eager to see the show but so many people told me how fab it was that off four of us went, with the hordes. It was, indeed, fab. Seeing the work in person is totally different from having seen a few of the iconic pieces that have become so common they seem mundane. LIke this one.
But the simplicity of form, the positive/negative, and his use of color blew me away and made me think entirely differently about his late work.