In his book ‘Notes of a Painter’ (1908), Matisse wrote that: “What (he dreams) of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”

These words are sure to strike a chord with visitors to ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs...


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