Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs March 21, 2014 – Posted in: Art, book arts, Exhibits, Paper – Tags: ,

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It was the last chapter of an amazing run. When he was no longer able to paint due to declining health Henri Matisse came up with a new way to express himself; Paper Cut Outs.

He turned in his paintbrush for a pair of scissors and would carve and cut painted paper into an amazing array of work.

matisse-cutouts icarus

                                                      The Fall of Icarus

Beginning in April a new exhibition at the Tate Modern will be “first and perhaps only time that 120 of Matisse’s cut-outs have been assembled in one place from collections around the world – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the full scope of these late works in all their colourful, vibrant glory.”

matisse cut outs thesheaf1953The Sheaf

One of the first fruits of his new found medium was the publication of Jazzan album of twenty color prints with calligraphic text by Matisse. It was printed in an edition of 100 copies and is recognized as a hi-spot of 20th century artist books.

Matisse-Jazz-Jazz. 1947 Original Lithographic PosterOriginal lithographic poster 1947
matisse cut outs thesnail1953The Snail

After the run at the Tate the exhibit will move to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Here is a short video of the master at work


Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs | Tate.

Paper Cut Outs – henri-matisse.net

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