Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is one of the leading figures of modern art and one of the most important colourists of all time. His unparalleled cut-outs are among the most significant of any artist's late works. In the final years of his life Matisse gradually abandoned painting and began to cut into painted paper with scissors as his primary technique to make maquettes for a number of commissions, from books and stained glass window designs to tapestries and ceramics. In the cut-outs, outlines take on sculptural form and painted sheets of paper are infused with the luminosity of stained glass. The drama, scale and innovation of these works remain without precedent or parallel.
With a focus on the studio, and a chronological structure, this book re-examines the cut-outs in terms of the methods and materials that Matisse used, and looks at the tensions in the works between finish and process; fine art and decoration; contemplation and ufility; and drawing and colour. Drawing on new research, Henri Mafisse: The Cut-Oufs is a groundbreaking reassessment of the colourtul and innovative final works of a modern master.