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Henri Matisse

Orderly lines form at Rothschild retrospective

Birth of a Mermaid, 1996. Collection of Amalie Rothschild.

During her long career as a sculptor and painter in Baltimore, Amalie Rothschild developed a distinctive take on geometric abstraction. You can follow the arc of that career in a gallery-filling retrospective at Towson University's Center for the Arts Gallery.

Rothschild (1916-2001) was familiar with various approaches to 20th-century modernism and responded in her own way. Henri Matisse's 1935 oil painting "The Pink Nude," which belongs to the Baltimore Museum of Art's Cone Collection, directly inspired two works by Rothschild in the present...