Papercut (1947) by Henri Matisse

Papercut - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions40.5 x 26 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationMusée Picasso, Paris, France

About Papercut

The artwork “Papercut” was created by Henri Matisse in 1947, embodying the principles of Abstract Expressionism. It measures 40.5 by 26 cm and falls within the abstract genre. The piece is housed at the Musée Picasso in Paris, France, adding to the institution’s diverse collection of significant art.

“Papercut” features a stark yet fluid contrast of forms. The work is composed of a bold black shape set against a vibrant pink background. The black cut-out is sinuous and organic, reminiscent of the human form or a natural element. It demonstrates Matisse’s skill in reducing figures to their essential curvilinear forms, and the simplicity of the colors used emphasizes the artwork’s abstract nature. Despite the absence of fine detail, the piece conveys a sense of motion and depth through its artful arrangement, testifying to Matisse’s mastery in the art of paper cutting that defined his late work.

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