I spent a happy Bank Holiday Easter Monday at Matisse’s exhibition enthralled by his luminous papier découpé. To create such a body of work in the final years of his life is extraordinary. Colour bathes whole rooms at Tate Modern as each maquette dances across the walls. With painted paper as his medium and tailor’s scissors as his tool, Matisse gave coloured sheets the radiance of stained glass, infused contour with sculptural presence. Young and old marvelled and left enthused and eager to just have a go.
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