Matisse's painting with scissors...

"Creativity takes courage"

- Henri Matisse

The majority of people will recognise the name when you mention Henri Matisse. They will probably know that he was an artist, a painter. But I wonder how many would know that some of his most famous works, and my favourites, were created using paper.

In his latter years Matisse had started creating cut paper collages called gouaches découpés. While this was due mainly to his ill health  the work he created in this time was no less inspired for it. Icarus (below) featured in Matisse's 1947 book Jazz. Jazz was a collection of these gouaches découpés works along with Matisse's writings.

A Pochoir print of Matisse's called Polynesia. Pochoir is a term used when refering to prints done using a stencil technique.

“To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.”
― Henri Matisse

 Project for "The Strana Forandola" gouache and cut out paper  1938

One of his Blue Nudes

xx V

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