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Musee departemental Matisse opens Matisse, cutting into color

Musee départemental Matisse presents Matisse, cutting into color A revealing donation by the Matisse family of a group of 443 paper cut-outs not used in Henri Matisse’s finished works on view March 3 – June 9, 2013.

Starting from this donation, alongside works from the collection of the Musée départemental Matisse and international loans, the exhibition treats the incredible adventure of gouached paper cut-outs begun by the artist with Jazz in 1943, which reached its summit with the conception of the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence in 1948. This donation provides the opportunity to trace the origins and reveal the invention of a technique at the heart of a pictoral revolution.

The exhibition also makes it possible to compare decorative works that Matisse conceived in stained glass, ceramics, books, and textiles with their original paper cut-out maquettes. It follows the artist’s process from his earliest creations up to large paper cut-outs, such as Vine of 1953, which is conserved in the museum’s collection.

Musée départemental Matisse
Palais Fénelon
59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis
T. 33 (0)3 59 73 38 00
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