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Gallery exhibits famous cut-outs

Matisse cut out shapes for his artworks
Matisse cut out brightly coloured shapes for his artworks

An exhibition of cut-out shapes by one of the world's most famous 20th Century artists has opened in Kent.

Drawing with Scissors, a presentation of Henri Matisse's work from 1950 to 1954, opened at Whitstable Museum and Gallery, on Oxford Street, on Saturday.

It features lithographic prints of cut-outs made during the last four years of the artist's life.

When confined to bed, Matisse cut paper shapes and directed assistants to pin them to his wall in abstract patterns.

Doctors advised him to wear dark glasses because the colours were so strong.

Matisse and his friends became known as the "Fauves" or "wild beasts", because of their unconventional use of bold, vivid colour.

The exhibition will travel to Wales and Scotland after two months.


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