In the sunset of his career, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) turned to painted paper and scissors, arranging the snipped forms into decorative compositions that became known as cut-outs. Initially small, the cut-outs grew into room-size masterpieces of form and color. Approximately 100 of these works have been selected from collections around the world for the landmark exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, which opens on Oct. 12 at the Museum of Modern Art. "I arrived at the cut-outs in order to link drawing and color in a single movement," Matisse said. "Cutting straight into color reminds me of the direct carving of the sculptor." View the slideshow for a taste of one of the most sumptuous exhibitions of the fall season.
>> Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., 212.708.9400, Oct. 12-Feb. 8, 2015