Posted by: lizhogarty | August 29, 2013

Draw-A-Day Thursday 29th August – Matisse’s cutouts

Simple composition, simple colour, simple values – Matisse takes art to a new level of simplicity with his later works, without losing the joy and vibrancy in his work.  By now, he was suffering from old age and ill-health, and was confined to a wheelchair, which inhibited his painting, so he took to painting sheets of paper, which he then cut out to make these breathtaking pieces.

Google ‘Matisse cutouts’ and go to Images… His most famous piece is probably ‘The Snail’, but I really love his intricate flowers and birds… more relevant to design than drawing but a perfect exercise in practicing our ability to copy using positive and negative spaces within the confines of a compositional framework.


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