I’m always surprised when I mention an artist like Matisse and someone has not heard of them. I’m probably so absorbed in my own little creative world that I don’t realise that others are not so interested or have not been exposed to such delights.
If you, like a friend of mine, have not heard of Matisse, 2014 is your opportunity to find out about him.
The Cut-Outs is Tate Modern exhibition filled with huge works that Matisse created in the last seventeen years of his life (He lived from 1869-1954).
I was stunned by the size of some of his work – you really do not get a sense of this from pictures of his work in books.
Due to his limited mobility in these later years of his life he turned to this paper cutting technique. It was totally new and fresh and to me it feels as though someone could have been displaying these pieces as current new art works.
Matisse’s lack of mobility and declining strength seemed to only increase his ambition and scale of his cut-outs. He decorated the walls in his house with his cut-outs. Creating a natural world inside that he could no longer be part of outside.
Whether you know Matisse from his earlier works or you do not know him at all, this is a beautiful must see for all.
Henri Matisee: The Cut-Outs finishes on the 7th September 2014 – lots of time left!
Visit this extraordinary 14 room, 130 works of art (you get your money’s worth!) exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Consider this exhibition your art education for 2014.
Under 12’s Free
To beat the crowds pay £30 to see the exhibition on a Sunday Late evening: 20.00- 22.30
Please don’t forget to book all your tickets. It is a very popular exhibition and the day I had booked tickets for, completely sold out.