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Portfolio 7 Lithographs "Nus" ("Nudes")La Tristesse du roi (The Sorrows of the King)AplollonLa Vis (The Wine Press)Nu Bleu III (Blue Nude III)VerveNu Bleu II (Blue Nude II)L'Enterrement de Pierrot (Pierrot's Funeral)Le Loup (The Wolf)Danseuse Créole (The Creole Dancer)Le Lagon I (Lagoon I)L'Acrobate (The Acrobat)Le Coeur (The Heart)Nu Bleu I (Blue Nude I)La Nageuse dans l'Aquarium (The Swimmer in the Tank)Le Cheval, L'Ecuyère et le Clown (The Horse, the Rider and Clown)Monsieur LoyalLa Chevelure (The Flowing Hair)L'Avaleur de sabres (The Sword Swallower)Nu Bleu IV (Blue Nude IV)
Portfolio 7 Lithographs "Nus" ("Nudes")La Tristesse du roi (The Sorrows of the King)AplollonLa Vis (The Wine Press)Nu Bleu III (Blue Nude III)VerveNu Bleu II (Blue Nude II)L'Enterrement de Pierrot (Pierrot's Funeral)Le Loup (The Wolf)Danseuse Créole (The Creole Dancer)Le Lagon I (Lagoon I)L'Acrobate (The Acrobat)Le Coeur (The Heart)Nu Bleu I (Blue Nude I)La Nageuse dans l'Aquarium (The Swimmer in the Tank)Le Cheval, L'Ecuyère et le Clown (The Horse, the Rider and Clown)Monsieur LoyalLa Chevelure (The Flowing Hair)L'Avaleur de sabres (The Sword Swallower)Nu Bleu IV (Blue Nude IV)

Henri Matisse: Paper Cut-Outs

Blue nudes, red hearts, and multicolored flowers fill Henri Matisse’s paper cut-outs—the technique that fascinated the artist for the final decade of his career. With paper cut-outs, Matisse was able to draw with scissors, creating striking compositions (some as large as 25 feet long) from his bed or wheelchair, after a 1941 surgery left the artist largely disabled. While some dismissed Matisse’s experimentation with paper cut-outs as his second childhood, others quickly recognized the medium as cutting-edge—a swift way of capturing the modern essentials of line, form, and color. “It was pure joy to be able in 10 minutes to do something that was of now, now, now,” remembers artist Françoise Gilot, who often visited Matisse’s studio with her boyfriend Pablo Picasso. In 2014, an exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs traveled from the Tate Modern in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, drawing record crowds to both institutions. From stained glass windows to limited edition books, the show brought together more than 100 of Matisse’s visionary paper cut-outs, presenting the series as an essential moment in the story of art history.

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