Henri Matisee Cut-Outs MoMA
Ode to the greatest colorist of the 20th century
Using paper as his primary medium and scissors as his main tool, Artist Henri Matisse innovated completely new process, which came to be called a cut-out. Matisse cut painted sheets of paper into various shapes and sizes, from the geometric to the abstract. He then arranged them into energetic displays, which were particularly stunning due to the mixture of color and contrast. At first, Matisse’s pieces were small in size but, in due time, they expanded into mural or full-room works. Matisse passed away in November of 1954 at the age of 84, yet his legacy still lives on. In 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House commissioned Schumacher, a well known decorative wall coverings, fabrics, trimmings and furnishings brand to create a theater curtain inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs. “The Matisse-inspired curtains that we did for the Met in 1966 speak to Schumacher’s commitment to craftsmanship and the fact that we’ve kept our finger on the pulse since 1889,” explains Dara Caponigro, Schumacher’s creative director. Another tribute to Matisse is now on exhibition at the MoMA through February 8. Matisse’s largest and most extensive presentation ever mounted of approximately 100 of his very own cut-outs is on display. MoMA, NYC, 212-708-9400, moma.org. Schumacher, NYC, 800-523-1200, fschumacher.com.