Screen print of Matisse's 'The Snail'. Hand printed in the UK using traditional screen printing processes on premium heritage white paper. 315gsm.
After 1948 Matisse was prevented from painting by ill health but, although confined to bed, he produced a number of works known as gouaches découpées. These were made by cutting or tearing shapes from paper which had been painted with gouache. The pattern in 'The Snail' formed by coloured shapes in the centre of the work echoes the spiral pattern found in the snail's shell. Matisse told André Verdet, 'I first of all drew the snail from nature, holding it. I became aware of an unrolling, I found an image in my mind purified of the shell, then I took the scissors'. He has combined pairs of complementary colours - red/green, orange/blue, yellow/mauve - to create a particularly vibrant effect.
Measures 1050 x 1050mm paper size, 900 x 900mm image size.
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