Reading Time: 3 minutes

Early this year, visitors of Tate Modern in London were able to discover another facet of Matisse’s work. The master of colour, spent his last 14 years explorint paper-cutting. Or as he would explain himself, the art of painting with scissors. Now that the exhibition is over, there will be an exclusive auction taking place in London, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

Henri Matisse and the art of painting with scissors

Matisse cut-outs

Matisse paper cut-outs

By the end of his life, Henri Matisse was diagnostic with Cancer. He became very weak and started using a wheel chair. After an operation he got some strength back and his aim of creation was stronger than the disease. With the help of Lydia Delectorskaya and assistants he set about creating cut paper collages, often on a enormous scale, called gouaches découpés. By maneuvering scissors through prepared sheets of paper, he inaugurated a new phase of his career. It was the last 14 years of his life. He let a consequent work with different style of collages. Henri Matisse was pretty much new to paper cutting and he let his imagination learn from experience and some of his work are considered as true symbols of modernity.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, reveals the beauty of Matisse’s work

With this exceptional auction, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will propose to buyers and investors to acquire several artwork of Matisse in this series of Cut-Outs.

L’avaleur de sabres, Plate XIII
L’avaleur de sabres, Plate XIII

Le Loup, Plate VI
Le Loup, Plate VI

Le Lagon, Plate XVII
Le Lagon, Plate XVII
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK ‘top 5’ auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of The Stanley Gibbons Group plc we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin’s, and Fraser’s Autographs. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London’s Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming. Established in 1856, The Stanley Gibbons Group plc is the world’s leading rare stamp and prestige collectibles merchant with offices in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Channel Islands.

Under the theme of modern prints, the auction will also propose other great artists like Joan Miró. If you wish you can find the full catalog of the auction here:

Click to access 36152.pdf

The auction will take place in London on July 3rd 2014 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

When the master of color reveals an almost hidden part of his work, the excitement will be at its maximum inside the auction room.



Info sourced at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions official communication, wikipedia, Tate Modern and All content is copyrighted with no reproduction rights available.