Bold Matisse cut-outs on show at Tate Modern
London’s Tate Modern is unveiling a sizable new exhibit focused on Henri Matisse’s abundant output of cut-outs.
When Matisse, who had been in a wheelchair dealing with cancer, used paper and scissors to produce a number of ambitious, bold and large parts, the 130 works on display were produced mostly within the last decade of the French artist’s longevity.
He originally used paper-cut-outs to significant works and program pictures such collection styles. It later became an artistic medium by itself.
“I think Matisse considered the cut-outs in ways like a synthesis of anything he’d been attempting to sort out in his life, solving problems of color, line, shape, painting, drawing, sculpting. He discussed the procedure of the cut-outs to be that of cutting into color,” claims the exhibition’s co-curator Nicholas Cullinan.
The works include large items such as the highly patterned ‘Large Structure with Masks’ that cover whole walls of the gallery.
In his final years, Matisse worked tirelessly about the style of the Vence Rosary Church in southern France, utilizing the cut-out way of ceramic cells and the stained-glass windows.
An artist herself, Sophie Matisse says this feverish imagination was all a part of a “final flowering” in her great-grandfather’s life:
“He was very near to the conclusion of his life and there have been more items that he desired to do, and he thought the clock was ticking so-to-talk and he didn’t possess a very long time to express what he needed or do what he needed,” claims the artist’s great-granddaughter.
Matisse died in 1954 in the age of 84. The exhibit is really a rare opportunity to see a lot of his remaining works brought together under one roof.
‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ operates at London’s Tate Modern until September before going towards the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the fall.