Tuesday, 3 June 2014

matisse cut-outs


I wanted to visit Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern as soon as I heard about it.

One of my all time favourite exhibitions was back in 2005, Henri Matisse 'His art & his textiles' So I was pretty excited about this exhibition.

It certainly didn't disappoint. The exhibition was amazing, there were over 120 collages on display throughout the 14 rooms. It was wonderful to see these familiar images in the flesh; the brush marks, the tiny pin holes, the torn edges, but what strikes you most is the pure colour and vibrancy of his work, just stunning.

'it's no longer the brush that slips and slides over the canvas, it is the scissors that cut into the paper and into the colour'

There are also some wonderful films of Matisse cutting out coloured shapes and directing his assistant on the final composition. 

I can really recommend a visit, the exhibition continues until 7th September 2014. 

Thanks to the Tate Modern for my ticket.

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  1. I'm so glad you got there - wasn't it amazing! I could go again..

  2. Oh! I'd love to go. I hope I can make it to London before it closes. Have you read Henri Mattisse: Rooms with a View? It's a gorgeous book that talks about Matisse and the repeated theme of room and window views in his work. It includes discussions about his cutout. If you can get hold of it, I think you'd enjoy it.

    1. Hi Ana. Sounds like a great book, thanks. I really hope you make it to the exhibition x

  3. Sounds like a great exhibition. I have not been to one in years must go to one soon. Lastly I really like your blog I have nominated you for a liebster award x

  4. love his cutouts!
    SOunds like a fabulous show