April 5, 2012

"With colour one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft." -Henri Matisse

Towards the end of his life, Matisse increasingly simplified his art. In a move towards abstraction, he began to use a collage technique, cutting shapes from pre-painted sheets of paper, before assembling them on a pure white background. This is a prime example of his style, akin to a sculpture in colour, and a playful break from conventional painting.