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'One way ... to approach the collection is to soak up the atmosphere of the city that Blaise describes with an almost uncanny acuity. He is a sure master, whether painting landscape -- the mean east-end streets of the 1950s seen as "one big icy puddle of frozen gutter water, devoid of joy, colour, laughter, pleasure, intellect or art" -- or charting social change in the Plateau, the district transformed in the 1980s from "a low, squalid slum, dismal and tubercular" to "Soho de chez nous ... young, upscale, arty and French." '
— Elaine Kalman Naves