Unmissable

The Tate posters on the tube describe the Henri Matisse exhibition as simply ‘unmissable’.  I couldn’t agree more!  
 Tate turbine hall
 
I have no formal art training, as soon as my art teacher could remove me from class he did and I stopped nurturing my ‘talent’ (truly terrible at anything resembling drawing or sketching) at about age fourteen.  I’ve never felt this as a loss but on realising just how important cut-outs were at the end of Matisse’s life and how prolific they were, it struck me that I had indeed missed out on some basic art education.  I hadn’t even realised that his Blue Nudes, of which my mother has had a postcard on display for years, was a cut-out; I’d assumed it was a painting.  I felt like a dunce.  And then the Tate exhibit took me through the cut-outs and I swooned, surrounded by such simple beauty it didn’t matter at all whether I had known about his technique before.  Each room offered up a colourful, textural feast for the eyes with the scale of his work surprising me as I made my way from room to room.  With each step I took discovering Matisse’s use of cut-outs for planning, to his acceptance of their beauty as the final artwork, I fell a little bit more in love.  There was some accompanying film footage of the man in action and I glimpsed the passion behind this great artist, passion that overflowed and helped him continue working well after his health deteriorated.  
 Tate shop
What a treat, I could have bought all the postcards to try and savour my emotions upon seeing the work but what I really wanted was a whole wall covered in his algae like creations.  A truly inspirational trip to the Tate Modern this week.  
 
(No photography allowed inside so you’ll have to go and check it out yourself)
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/henri-matisse-cut-outs
 
Tate side Tate white sky Tate members bar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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