LON­DON CALL­ING

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WAN­DER INTO THE WORLD OF MATISSE. An epic ex­hi­bi­tion of Henri Matisse’s fi­nal chap­ter has un­masked it­self at the Tate Mod­ern in Lon­don. Aptly ti­tled ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’, this thrilling ex­hi­bi­tion is brim­ming with bril­liant colour and lines with cutouts of coloured paper rang­ing from small ma­que­tte de­signs to 3.5-me­tre com­po­si­tions.

When ill­ness pre­vented him from paint­ing, Matisse took what was then con­sid­ered a dar­ing step in the world of art; he be­gan cut­ting coloured paper to make drafts but then re­alised that the cutouts were, and still are, much more fas­ci­nat­ing then paint­ings.

A leader in the mod­ern arts move­ment, Matisse is one of the most im­por­tant colourists of all time – a fact ev­i­dent in this mon­u­men­tal ex­hi­bi­tion of his work dur­ing his fi­nal years. A daz­zling ar­ray of 120 works cre­ated be­tween 1936 and 1954, from snowflow­ers to dancers, cir­cus scenes to a fa­mous snail, this ex­hi­bi­tion marks a his­toric mo­ment wherein Matisse’s work from all around the globe will come to­gether un­der one roof. Also among this ef­fer­ves­cent collection are the fa­mous Matisse Blue Nudes. To­wards the end of the leg­endary artist’s life, he cre­ated the Blue Nudes to demon­strate his re­newed in­ter­est in the hu­man form echo­ing his sculp­ture, the sub­ject of the last ma­jor solo ex­hi­bi­tion in Lon­don 60 years ago. Un­til Septem­ber 7 at Tate Mod­ern, Bank­side, Lon­don. Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 8888. www.tate.org.uk

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The Snail, 1953, Henri Matisse

1. Pa­per­less Post sta­tionery de­signs by Derek Blas­berg 2. Pa­per­less Post sta­tionery de­signs by Jonathan Adler 3. Pa­per­less Post sta­tionery de­signs by John De­rian 4. Pa­per­less Post sta­tionery de­signs by Os­car de la Renta

Blue Nude ( I), 1952, Henri Matisse

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