Though late artists Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn never met in life, the French modernist’s paintings had an indelible imprint on the Bay Area-bred visionary. “Matisse/Diebenkorn,” a new large-scale exhibition co-organized by SFMOMA and the Baltimore Museum of Art (where the show recently debuted), features 100 collective, groundbreaking works from the artists and reveals how poignantly the French luminary influenced Diebenkorn’s use of color, composition and light. For the Californian, it was a lifelong love affair. He first encountered Matisse’s work as a student at Stanford University: “It stuck with me all the way,” said Diebenkorn. “Matisse/Diebenkorn,” March 11-May 29; 151 3rd St., S.F., 415-357-4000; sfmoma.org.
Written by Elizabeth Khuri Chandler