Matisse Exhibition at Oriel Gallery
18 September 2015
Henri Matisse, Tristesse du Roi (Sorrow of the King), 1952
Gouache découpée, 292 x 386cm. DACS.
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to host an exhibition of work by Henri Matisse, one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. Showing in the Oriel Gallery at Antrim Castle Gardens, Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, is a Hayward Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London and will be on display until Sunday 18 October 201
The exhibition features 35 posthumous prints of cut out work by French painter, sculptor and designer Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954). His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut outs were his final triumph which he produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed. On display will be many of his iconic images such as The Snail and Snow Flowers.
For his cut-outs he used paper hand-painted with gouache, which he carved into with scissors. He said, “The paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour … Instead of drawing the outline and putting the colour inside it…I draw straight into the colour.” The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.
Matisse began his working life as a lawyer, before going to Paris to study art in 1890. At first strongly influenced by the Impressionists, he soon created his own style, using brilliant, pure colours, and started making sculptures as well as paintings. In 1905 he and his colleagues were branded the Fauves (wild beasts) because of their unconventional use of colour.
For further information please contact Antrim castle Gardens Tel: 028 9448 1338 or email [email protected]