Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Introduction to *Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs*

Introduction to Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs 680

Matisse at the Hôtel Régina, Nice, c. 1952. Photo: Lydia Delectorskaya. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse

GLENN LOWRY: Hello, I’m Glenn Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art. Welcome to Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. In the final decade of his life, Matisse invented a groundbreaking new method of making art. Beginning in the 1940s, he began to create works by cutting shapes out of painted paper and arranging them into lively compositions. He described this process as “cutting directly into vivid color” or “drawing with scissors.”

These works came to be known as cut-outs. They represent a brilliant final chapter in the creative life of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.

As you explore the galleries today, you’ll hear from the exhibition’s curators, as well as from one of Matisse’s studio assistants. You’ll also hear excerpts from the artist’s writings and interviews.

Please note that photography is not allowed in this exhibition.

MoMA Audio+ is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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