Matisse said on the subject of his paper cut-out technique:
‘This tool [the scissors] doesn’t modulate, it doesn’t brush on, but it incises in, underline this well, because the criteria of observation will be different.’
My criteria of observation were certainly different when I went to see the exhibition at Tate Modern.
Embarrassingly, perhaps, I’d never known that the famous Blue Nudes were not simply painted with oil paint on canvas. Discovering the cut-out technique allowed me to rediscover Matisse.
The works that make up the exhibition are aesthetically pleasing, cheerfully colourful, mysterious and puzzling all at the same time.
Agnieszka Karch tweets @5minutelanguage
When … 17 April – 7 September 2014
How much … £18 (without donation £16.50)