Drawing with Scissors. Late Works 1950-1954

Saturday 27 April 2013 - Sunday 26 May 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm The Gallery, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne

A Hayward Touring Exhibition

An exhibition of works by the renowned French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954), is coming to Hannahs at Seale-Hayne (April 27-May 26). Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre in London, features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed.

The exhibition includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. Henri Matisse was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour.

Matisse continued creating highly original works into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative patterns. The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.

Matisse began his working life as a lawyer, before going to Paris to study art in 1890. At first he was strongly influenced by the Impressionists but he soon created his own style, using brilliant, pure colours, and started making sculptures as well as paintings. In 1905 he and his colleagues were branded the Fauves (wild beasts) because of their unconventional use of colour, and it was during this time that he painted his celebrated Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Luxury, Tranquillity and Delight).

Hannahs chief executive Bronwen Hewitt said “We are delighted that another Hayward Touring exhibition is coming from London to Seale-Hayne. It is an honour to be hosting works by such a significant artist as Henri Matisse as we continue to strengthen our position as a cultural centre for the South West”.