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The Matisse exhibit, "Matisse: The Cut-Outs," includes 120 works and is referred to as “late style,” a certain taste that artists acquire in their old age. Matisse’s works from 1936 up until his 1954 death, at the age of 82, will be up for show at New York's Museum of Modern Art following its current showing at London's Tate.
Although unfortunately confined to a wheelchair for quite some time and having cancer surgery at the age of 72, Henri Matisse did not let that stop him from doing what he loves — creating art, even if it meant doing so in a different way.
The acclaimed French artist put his illness and physical weakness behind him and trudged forward to continue making art in any way possible. He put away the paintbrushes and traded them in for scissors.
Matisse decided to take an entirely new approach that can even be seen as reverting back to childhood art, but he does so in an enticing and retrospective way.
He used scissors and paper in order to create paper collages of different shapes, colors, and sizes.
The works of art are currently displayed at London’s Tate Modern, according to BBC News, and will be displayed in October at New York City’s MoMA, Museum of Modern Art.
The MoMA featured a Matisse retrospective once before in 1992, reports The L.A. Times.
The Tate will be showing “Matisse: The Cut-Outs” until September 7.