On This Day in 1961

On This Day in 1961

On this day in 1961, New Yorkers filing into the Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition “The Last Works of Henri Matisse” would have been forgiven for not noticing that one of the most elegant of the great artist’s paper cuts, Le Bateau (“The Boat”) was hanging upside down. The critics, viewers, guards, esteemed curators responsible for capsising the sailboat, and even Matisse’s own son had not noticed the error.


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