Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the snail

"The Snail" is a cutout picture done by Henri Matisse in 1952. it is pigmented with gouache on paper, and cut and pasted on to a base layer of white paper. it is found in the Tate Gallery in London. it consists of a number of colored shapes, arranged in a spiral pattern. From the early to mid-1940s Matisse was in increasingly poor health, and was suffering from arthritis. Eventually by 1950 he stopped painting in favor of his paper cutouts. "The Snail", is a major example of Matisse's final body of works known as the cutouts. the reason i chose this picture is because at first when i looked at the picture i didnt understand why it was considered famous, but when i read that it was part of the cutout collections from matisse i understood why he made that type of art.

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