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Matisse: The Snail (custom print)
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        The Snail, 1953
        Henri Matisse
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        Original: Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper, mounted on canvas 286.4 x 287 cm © Estate of H. Matisse 2014. All Rights Reserved, DACS

        The Snail was made in the Hôtel Régina at Nice in the South of France and is one of Matisse's later cut-outs. He said 'I first drew the snail from nature, I found an image in my mind purified of the shell, then I took the scissors'. He combined pairs of complementary colours - red/green, orange/blue, yellow/mauve - to create a vibrant effect.

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        A French painter, draughtsman, sculptor, printmaker, designer and writer, Henri Matisse came to art comparatively late and made his reputation as the principal protagonist of Fauvism. He went on to develop a monumental decorative art, innovative both in its treatment of the human figure and in the role accorded to colour. His long career culminated in a highly original series of works made of paper cut-outs or gouaches découpées, which confirmed his reputation, with Picasso, as one of the major artists of the 20th century.

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