Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Matisse The thousands and one nights

Just as the Matisse’s cut-outs are scattered and fragmentary, and yet inspiring, here are some (hopefully as inspiring) thoughts on the exhibition at Tate Modern London.

~ There is an art in setting up art. The arrangement of the cut-outs in certain rooms was itself a cut-out.

~ Henri Matisse was making art through someone else’s hands, but they are still considered his masterpieces. This suggests art lies more in the idea than in the actual realisation. What is genius and creativity is the thought.

~ In the case of one cut-out, art derived from covering a spot on the wall, which was followed by more and more pieces of paper slowly joining it, making at the end a work of art.

Finally, at the exhibition I had the chanche to see one of my favourites works ever: The Snail (1953). I’ve had it in my room since I was 16, and I’ve always found it fascinating, and so deeply harnomonious. It was defined by Matisse himself as ‘an abstraction rooted in reality’. What more can we ask to artthan to expound itself by means of beautiful paradoxes?

The Snail 1953 by Henri Matisse 1869-1954


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