Matisse Cut-Outs at the MOMA

It may be one of my favorite exhibits of all times, the Matisse Cut-Outs at the MOMA.  If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out this exhibit; just be prepared and get your tickets ahead of time as this is probably the BIG exhibit in NYC this fall.

I do believe that the latter period of Henri Matisse’s work, which includes bigger-than-life cutouts, is his best.  Hard to believe that he was pretty much confined to a wheelchair when he crafted these forms and composed them on walls, murals and plain canvas.  The vibrancy and perfection of his color choice and combination are timeless while the rather organic forms he made are still relevant in today’s design and art world.

The pictures that I have here are from a book I purchased after seeing the exhibit. While the photos do a decent job in capturing the essence of his work, they do not do justice to the breadth and ambition of the actual exhibit, which includes the “Swimming Pool (La Piscine)” installation that took the museum three years to recreate.  Well done, MOMA!









matisse.4 Some of the color palettes Matisse used

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