The Atkinson: Matisse: Drawing with Scissors – Late Works 1950-1954 the Hayward Touring Exhibition

Henri Matisse Nu bleu II (Blue Nude II), 1952 Gouache découpée 116,2 x 88,9cm DACS

15 February – 16 March 2014


The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

Matisse continued creating highly original works into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative patterns: ‘the paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour … Instead of drawing the outline and putting the colour inside it … I draw straight into the colour’. The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.

The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve, a review of art and literature, published by Tériade, a major publisher of fine art books in 1958.

Running alongside the exhibition will be Drawing with Scissors workshop on Monday 17 February between 11.00 – 14.00. The family friendly workshop inspired by the exhibition uses Henri Matisse’s technique of collage and cut-outs to create small pieces for children to take home, as well as producing a huge piece of art for the gallery.

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