Detail from The Red Carpets (1906). Image copyright Succession H Matisse

The French great’s art is ‘just what we need in this anxious, dark time’ Like most of Henri Matisse’s work, The Romanian Blouse appears deceptiv(...)

 Three Women (1908), by  Pablo Picasso, comes from the Hermitage museum in Saint-Petersburg.

Few experiences can rival the chromatic jolt, the wave of beauty that engulfs one on entering the Matisse room at the Icons of Modern Art exhibition a(...)