Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

Last week we were lucky enough to attend a private view of the Tate’s latest blockbuster exhibition. Focused on the cut-outs completed in the last decades of Matisse’s career, the show is a rare opportunity to see this body of work in one place and track the evolution of the technique Matisse employed throughout his career for studies but adopted in earnest when ill health made it difficult for him to continue painting. Full of vibrant colour and impressive in scale, the works are utterly joyous and represent a entirely new medium of ‘carving into colour.’ It was thrilling to stand in front of the iconic Blue Nudes in person, but especially exciting to see Matisse in action as a designer and graphic artist. There are surprising exhibits of exhibition posters, book covers and even rugs and textiles completed for friends and collaborators.

Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern, London. Until 7 September 2014