“The most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Henri Matisse’s famous “cut-outs” will go on display at Tate Modern.
Around 120 of the French artist’s pieces will be shown together for the first time, including celebrated works such as the seated Blue Nudes and the original models for his illustrated book Jazz.
Matisse was widely regarded as one of the most significant artists of the last century, and his technique of cutting out painted pieces of paper to create works of art was considered ground-breaking.
He called the practice “drawing with scissors”.
Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota has co-curated the exhibition personally, and described hosting the collection as the “most extraordinary and exciting moment” for the gallery.
The artist began the process of cut-outs in 1943 while in his 70s, following a bitter divorce and amid the Nazi occupation of France.
Sir Nicholas told Sky News: “Many people regarded them slightly as the meanderings of an old man rather than a great artist, but gradually they began to understand how important they were.
“Artists began to use the cut-outs as ingredients for their own work, so from the 50s onwards you see artists picking up . . . .”