Matisse ‘Cut-outs’ are a Must-See at National Gallery of Art

WASHINGTON, DC—For Henri Matisse, scissors became the tools of his trade. During the last 15 years of his life, he created his famous cut-outs—incredible works that the National Gallery of Art describes as “transcend[ing] the conventional boundaries of painting, drawing and sculpture.” An impressive collection of “Matisse Cut-Outs” is on view at the National Gallery, during limited hours using reduced light levels to preserve the pigments and paper of the special works.

All photos by Arts Observer

Above, Detail of “Large Composition with Masks.” Top of page, “Large Composition with Masks,” 1953 (paper collage on canvas).

“La Negresse,” 1952 (paper collage on canvas).

At left, “Woman with Amphora and Pomegranates,” 1953 (paper collage on canvas).

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