"The Snail" by Henri Matisse was created in 1952-1953 as one of his later works, finished one year before his death. This piece consists of pieces of paper painted with gouache and then torn and arranged in the rough shape of a snail onto the background. From the early to mid-1940s Matisse began to suffer from arthritis. Eventually by 1950 he stopped painting and began creating these paper cut outs. I like that Matisse still used his vibrant colors in these paper cut outs as he did in his paintings.