Henri Matisse is a French artist known for making colourful works of art. He used a variety of materials in his work, including oil paint, bronze and he would also make drawings using charcoal. As Matisse became older, he began to work with brightly coloured paper and used scissors to cut out shapes, animals, leaves, dancers and flowers and then arrange them.
This piece shows the different ways Matisse would cut out paper, from larger shapes like the purple horse, to more careful and detailed cutting involved in the yellow, white and black shapes:
Here, Matisse has created many shapes that look similar to each other, but each one is a unique leaf. You can see how the artist has repeated these similar shapes, almost filling the entire piece with leaves:
This piece shows Matisse’s interest in bright colour. Here he has arranged complimentary colours alongside each other to create a vibrant effect, for example you’ll see that the green touching the red, and the blue next to the orange really attract your eye’s attention!
Plus! We’ve just been emailed a photo of two visitors to the Matisse exhibition, Charlie and Finn, who have created some cut-outs of their own after they were inspired by what they saw at the Tate Modern show. We hope you feel inspired to get cutting and making too!