Henri Matisse’s late works exhibition comes to Hitchin

Henri Matisse's late works are coming to Hitchin in an exhibtion next month.

Henri Matisse's late works are coming to Hitchin in an exhibtion next month. - Credit: Archant

Prints from one of art’s most influential figures are coming to Hitchin next month.

Henri Matisse’s posthumous prints of his famous cut-outs are coming to Hitchin Town Hall on Brand Street from Saturday April, 1 to Saturday, May 6.

The exhibition entitled ‘Drawing with Scissors’ features his late works from the period 1950 to 1954, and is part of the Hayward Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre.

The display includes 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that he produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed.

It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.


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The French painter, sculptor and designer, was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their richness and striking bright colours – with his spectacular paper cut-outs acclaimed as his final triumph.

The free exhibition, which will be shown in the Lucas room of Hitchin Town Hall, is part of a programme of national exhibitions planned at the Town Hall.

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Matisse who died aged 84 in the southern French coastal city of Nice in November 1954 was quoted as ‘creativity is courage’ refused to flee Nazi-occupied France – with some of his family directly involved in the resistance.

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