#GreatWorksInFocus: Of all the masterpieces of early 20th-century art, Henri Matisse’s enormous canvas “Bathers With a Turtle” @stlartmuseum is the strangest. “What are these three awkward-looking figures doing?” asks Post art critic Sebastian Smee. “Why is the woman on the right sitting on nothing? Why does the paint, and especially the central figure’s face, look so crude?” Looking at the meticulously detailed turtle, the mystery endures: “Why does it have their attention? What was the significance, to Matisse, of the kind of deep absorption that he here both depicts and induces?,” Smee writes. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.