The Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs exhibition ran at London’s Tate Modern from 17th April to 7th September 2014. Built in the former Bankside Power Station, Southwark, the Tate Modern might arguably be one of the most-visited modern museums in the world and it was a great venue for this popular exhibition from one of France’s finest artists.
I so enjoyed the exhibition, but was not permitted to take photos. However, Matisse’s paper cut-out artworks and designs were exhilarating, and I spent time trying to decipher his pictorial language. After illnesses restricted his activities and mobility, Matisse spent long hours in his wheelchair creating his wonderful paper cut-outs. They were described by the Swiss artist, Max Bill (1908-1994) as “one of the most important groups of works” of the twentieth century. The cut-outs were said to inspire de Stael to use brighter colours; Kelly to study the forms; and Warhol‘s interest was piqued by the flat surfaces (see “Henri Matisse” by Olivier Berggruen and Max Hollein“, a great introduction to his life and work).
One of my favourite cut-out works is “Mimosa“, with its beautiful primary colours and shadowing of itself.
Whilst at the Tate, I indulged my interest in 20th century art by studying and photographing the paintings of Kandinsky, Rothko and Bacon.