In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium.

Matisse Cur out

In the the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born.  The Tate Modern in London is exhibiting these cut outs from April 17th through to September.