On Exhibit: Matisse’s Paper Cuts


As a leader of the artists’ group known as les Fauves, Henri Matisse was a pioneer in the brash use of pure, vibrant hues in painting. Toward the end of his career, Matisse explored a new way of working with color that was more immediate than anything he’d ever done before. He called it “drawing with scissors.” By cutting freehand shapes into colored paper and then collaging it, the artist created a new visual language all his own.

Now, 60 years after the artist’s death, these groundbreaking works are on display in the blockbuster exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art through February 8, 2015. In the exhibition’s second stop after its debut at London’s Tate Modern, The Cut-Outs is the largest show of these paper cut-out works ever mounted, with more than 100 pieces—including the monumental 1952 work The Swimming Pool, a room-sized installation created for the artist’s home in Nice that hasn’t been seen in 20 years.

Whether or not you make it to the show, you can add a piece of Matisse to your personal collection. Here, take a look at offerings on Lofty featuring the artist’s work.


1. Exhibition Poster for “L’Art Independant”, at the Petit Palais, Paris, 1937, printed by Mourlot, Paris, with artwork by Henry Matisse

2. Poster, “50 Ans de ‘Collages’ du Cubisme a nos Jours”, 1964, printed with the image of “Algue Verte” by Henri Matisse

3. Exhibition Poster for “Nice, Travail et Joie”, 1947, printed by Mourlot, Paris

4. Exhibition poster for “Henri Matisse” at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, 1956, printed by Mourlot, Paris

5. Exhibition poster for “Chefs D’oeuvre de Matisse”, Bernheim Jeune Dauberville, Paris, 1958, featuring 1921’s “Open Window”

image: Henri Matisse, The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) (late summer 1952), maquette for ceramic (realized 1999 and 2005). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on painted paper. Overall 73 x 647 inches. Installed as nine panels in two parts on burlap-covered walls 136 inches high. Frieze installed at a height of 65 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs Bernard F. Gimbel Fund, 1975 © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (all images courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York)