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Matisse In Nice: The Master On Display In His Own Backyard

Exhibitions in Matisse's favorite French town provide new and informative contexts for the artist's work. Given his fame, that's no small feat.

A summer for Matisse
A summer for Matisse
Philippe Dagen

NICE — Henri Matisse’s attachment to Nice is well known. He spent the majority of his time here from 1917 onward, renting villas, sojourning in hotels on the coast and in the lofty heights of the Cimiez neighborhood. Although he left for Venice during the occupation for fear of bombing, he returned in 1949 and died there in 1954. There are several reasons for this attachment to the town. The most frequently cited is the quality of the Mediterranean light, in which “everything becomes clear, crystalline, pure, lucid,” he said.

Leaving Paris was also an escape from an artistic hub that didn’t interest him and was barely interested in him either, at least between the two world wars. And it also gave him some distance from his family. It was in Nice that the classic image of Matisse was formed, thanks to the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson: aged, with a white beard, a thoughtful look in his eyes, working in his studio in the Hotel Regina amid nude models and green plants.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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