29 June – 16 August 2017

A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London

TheGallery, AUB

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed, and includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. He continued creating highly original works well into his eighties.

Matisse’s vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. For his cut-outs he used paper that had been hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative patterns: ‘the paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour… Instead of drawing the outline and putting the colour inside it… I draw straight into the colour’. The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.

In 1905 Matisse and his colleagues were branded the Fauves (wild beasts) because of their unconventional use of colour, and it was during this time that he painted his celebrated Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Luxury, Tranquillity and Delight). ‘There is no gap between my earlier pictures and my cut-outs’, Matisse wrote; ‘I have only reached a form reduced to the essential through greater absoluteness and greater abstraction’.

The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve in 1958, which was a review of art and literature, published by Tériade, a major publisher of fine art books.


14 January – 11 February 2017
Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham, London, UK

20 February – 17 March 2017
Brentwood Road Gallery, Romford, London, UK

1 April – 6 May 2017
Hitchin Town Hall, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK

29 June – 16 August 2017
TheGallery, Arts University, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

30 September – 29 October 2017
Qube, Oswestry, Shropshire, UK

4 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
The Point, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK

Hayward Touring, Southbank Centre, London

Hayward Touring organises contemporary art exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publicly funded venues throughout Britain.

We collaborate with artists, independent curators, writers and partner institutions to develop imaginative exhibitions that are seen by up to half a million people in over 45 cities and towns each year.

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Related Exhibition Responses:

Visions of Colour

Curated by Lisa Richardson

29 June – 16 August 2017
Lower Gallery, North Building

An exhibition of work by MA Illustration in response to the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition, celebrating the flatness, colour, pattern and form of Matisse through their own work.

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Laura Franx: A Study of the Female Anatomy

Curated by Claire Atherton and Co-Curated by Sarah Munro

29 June – August 2017
Live Project Space, North Building

Created by BA (Hons) Illustration student Laura Franx, in response to the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition. This project explores representation of the female body.

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