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Some 120 coloured paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954 mark the significant final phase in the celebrated French artist's career.

Watch our video-tour, presented by art historian Jacky Klein.

When ill health prevented Henri Matisse from painting he turned his hand to cut-outs, producing maquettes for books, stained glass window designs, tapestries and ceramics.

Praised for their bold use of colour and abstract beauty, they began to gain attention as artworks in their own right.​ In fact it is said that when Picasso first saw them, he admitted to being 'rather jealous'.

Here, the exhibition re-examines the cut-outs as a form of expression, exploring their transition from studio pieces into permanent works that came to be considered among his most glorious. While Matisse's health continued to detoriate, his cut-outs only become more daring in their use of scale and subject matter.

Four years in the planning, this stage of the artist's career has never been examined in such detail before, owing not just to the dispersion of the works into international collections, but also due to their fragility. As such, it is unlikely that such an exhibition will be forthcoming again for some time.

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