Sunday May 31, 2020

Matisse exhibition a cut above

I cannot recall seeing an art gallery so filled with faces beaming with delight.

1st June, 2014

I cannot recall seeing an art gallery so filled with faces beaming with delight. The place was Tate Modern, the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs – an explosion of scorching colour and pattern pulsing with energy, the essence of joy.

When Matisse first exhibited his cut-outs in Paris in 1949, his colleagues thought that at best he had drifted into a second childhood, at worst, he had gone mad. ‘‘Could the gallery have made...

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