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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

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'Vibrant designs of apparent simplicity spooling from a master's hands in the last decade of his life, each one a tableau of luminosity and power'  - The Economist

Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs gallery view

When ill-health first prevented Henri Matisse (1869-1954) from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors as his primary technique to make maquettes for a number of commissions, from books and stained glass window designs to tapestries and ceramics. This book, which accompanied the major touring exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Tate Modern and Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2014-2015, presents approximately 150 cut-out works.

Richly illustrated to present the cut-outs in all of their vibrancy and luminosity, this catalogue explores issues such as the artist's materials and methods and the relation of these works to his larger practice. It also includes photographs of the works in progress in Matisse's studios and five essays focusing on different moments in the development of this radical medium.

  • Author: Karl Buchberg,  Senior Conservator, Museum of Modern Art, New York;  Nicholas Cullinan, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Date published:  October 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849761307
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 22.6 x 3 cm

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