Best Abstraction Daddies: “Matisse/Diebenkorn” at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Walking through the overwhelming “Matisse/Diebenkorn” exhibition last fall, we were slack-jawed and gaga and tongue-hanging-out-emoji, just totally losing it among the colorful voids and anxious globs of paint and curving arabesques and soft bodies and winding roads and French fog and California sun—these evidences of emulation, these ways in which Richard Diebenkorn throughout his career kept Henri Matisse close for inspiration in observing, translating, and distilling information (a suburban street, a river, the light of a region, the void of a window), through paint.

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