Although Henri Matisse died in 1954, a new collection of work by the master artist is about to be revealed. An assortment of unfinished collages and paper cutouts has been released by Matisse’s family and the work is being split amongst two museums in France.
The collection contains over 1,000 paper pieces that Matisse was working on before his death. An illness left the artist unable to work at his easel, so in his later years he used paper cuttings as his creative conduit. The collection is an unexpected release into the art world and the amount of material will offer a powerful perspective into the artistic process in Matisse’s last years.
While it is not clear yet when the paper pieces will be exhibited, one of the museums, the Matisse Museum in Cateau-Cambrésis, told The Independent they will be expanding their museum to showcase the new work.
(the image below is from the Galerie Michael collection)
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