Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (Kids)


Henri Matisse. Jazz. 1943 88

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). The Clown (Le Clown). 1943. Maquette for plate I from the illustrated book Jazz (1947). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, mounted on canvas. 26 7/16 × 19 15/16″ (67.2 × 50.7 cm). Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Dation, 1985. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Circus music.

NARRATOR: All the pictures in this group are designs for a book called Jazz. Choose a design you like. Now look closely. See how it was made with different pieces of paper? That’s a cut-out – was a whole new way of making art.

Take a look around the room. I’m going to give you a couple of my favorites to find. Ready?

Can you find a man with a really big nose?

A horse with a feathered cap?

How about the Sword Swallower? (stage whisper) He’s actually swallowing three swords.

These three artworks have something in common. They were inspired by the circus!

Elephant trumpets.

NARRATOR: See of if you can find any others that remind you of the circus.

Circus Music flourish as a button.

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