Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

Tristess du Roi (Sorrow of the King), 1952

Late Works 1950 – 1954 

Opening party:- Thursday May 12th 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition runs  May 13th – 11th June 2016

londonprintstudio is delighted to present this exhibition of prints by the French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954). One of the 20th century’s most influential artists and printmakers, his vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, 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, and includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

Matisse continued creating highly original works well into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper that had been 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. This exhibition gives a brilliant overview of Matisse’s late work, including many of his iconic images, such as The Snail – the original is owned by Tate Collection, and usually on display at Tate Modern – and the Blue Nudes.

Image:- Tristesse du Roi, Tristesse du Roi (Sorrow of the King), 1952

Gouache découpée

292 x 386cm

copyright @ DACS

 

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