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Biggest-ever Matisse cut-out show to debut to London

Posted: 16 Mar 2014 06:35 PM PDT

Exhibition includes around 120 works made between 1943 and 1954.

The most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Henri Matisse's paper cut-outs is set to go on show at London's Tate Modern this spring.

"Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs" will feature around 120 of the artist's works made between 1943 and 1954, many of which will be seen together for the first time.

One of the leading figures of modern art and one of the most significant colourists of all time, Matisse began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make maquettes when ill health prevented him from painting towards the end of his career. The painted sheets of paper are infused with the luminosity of stained glass.

Major cut-outs in the exhibition include Tate's The Snail (1953), its sister work Memory of Oceania (1953) from MoMA, New York, and Large Composition with Masks (1953) from the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. The show will also include the largest number of Matisse's Blue Nudes ever exhibited.

The exhibition re-examines the cut-outs in terms of the methods and materials that Matisse used, and their double lives, first as contingent and mutable in the studio and ultimately as permanent works through mounting and framing.

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" will run from April 17 to Sept 7 at the Tate Modern before touring the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from Oct 14 to Feb 9, 2015. – AFP Relaxnews


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