Wednesday, April 30, 2014

paper, scissors, glue

Toward the end of his life, Henri Matisse became unable to paint due to ill health, but his artist spirit was undaunted. He simply invented a new medium that he could manage from wheelchair or bed: big, vibrant cut-outs made from painted paper. It's some of his best loved work, 130 pieces of which make up a new exhibit at London's Tate Gallery that is expected to set attendance records. The show will travel to the Museum of Modern Art in New York this fall. There's something so life-affirming about these exuberant works and how they came to be. About an elderly man with his paper, scissors, glue. About the will to live. And to create.
(Blue Nude, Musée Henri Matisse, Nice, France. Paper cut out, 1952)

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