5 Reasons to see Matisse at Tate Modern

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Matisse Cut-Outs

Tomorrow’s big art opening is Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at London’s Tate Modern. The timing is apt as 2014 marks 60 years since the French modern master’s death. Here’s 5 more reasons to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.

1. Tate is putting on the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Matisse’s paper cut-outs, which were made towards the end of the great artist’s life – between 1943 and 1954 – after ill health prevented the him from being able to paint.

2. You’ll get to see around 120 of these colourful and innovative cut-out works that Matisse made using scissors and coloured paper. Many works are displayed together for first time.

3. It’s the first time the artist’s classic Jazz maquettes have been shown outside of France alongside faithful copies of the 20 plates and hand-written notes by Matisse for the book they appeared in, Jazz, published in 1947.

4. Back together for the first time! See Tate’s The Snail (1953), with its two companion works Memory of Oceania (MoMa, New York) and Large Composition with Masks 1953 (National Gallery of Art, Washington). A photograph of Matisse’s studio reveals that these the three pieces were initially conceived as a unified whole, but it’s the first time they’ve been exhibited together since they were made.

5. Catch the largest number of Matisse’s Blue Nudes ever shown together. The exhibition includes the most famous and recognisable of the group Blue Nude I 1952 (Beyeler Foundation, Basel).

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs opens this Thursday 17 Apr – 7 Sep. Buy Matisse tickets here


  1. julia says:

    tate modern are way overcrowded. The exhibition itself really nothing special just a name.. not recommending.