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“Matisse/Diebenkorn” draws lines from California painter Richard Diebenkorn to his lifelong study of Matisse

“Matisse/Diebenkorn” draws lines from California painter Richard Diebenkorn to his lifelong study of Matisse

I’ve never been to California, but the light and colors in Richard Diebenkorn’s paintings offer a glimpse of it. A frantic, sunny chaos permeates his Berkeley paintings, and the coastal colors in his landlocked Urbana paintings feel less real, more simulated and remembered. And then there are his roads—whether or not they’re literal roads, or abstracted lines that zip and wind through many of his works. 

“Matisse/Diebenkorn,” at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Jan. 29, follows Diebenkorn’s paths as a painter, while also tracking his self-taught scholarship of Henri Matisse. Co-curators Katherine...

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