Henri Matisse Event: ‘Painting with Scissors’

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Henri Matisse. Masques.1953

Get excited! It’s almost time for another fun event at Baterbys Art Gallery located in Winter Park Village (460 N. Orlando Avenue, Unit 116, Winter Park, FL 32789)! On Saturday April 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 3 pm Baterby’s will be hosting their Master of the Month event featuring one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse. The event will highlight the artists ‘second life’ which features his famous paper cut-outs.

Henri Matisse, Nu Blue II, 1952
Henri Matisse, Nu Blue II, 1952

The function will include a ‘painting with scissors’ activity where guests will get a chance to recreate a master piece of their own while taking inspiration from their surroundings. The gallery walls will be filled with original lithographs and etching  signed in the plate by the master himself. A documentary will be played during the event, as well as a short reading about Henri Matisse.

“Only what I created after the illness constitutes my real self: free, liberated.” ~Henri Matisse

The last 14 years of Matisse’s life are considered to be a brilliant final chapter to his prolific career. After a surgery, Matisse had become bed ridden and was no longer able to paint; but this did not stop him from being the innovative individual that he was. Matisse picked up his scissors and painted sheets of paper. He cut out various shapes creating unique objects, forms, and environments transforming his room into a landscape, often in large scale, “you see as I am obliged to remain often in bed because of the state of my health, I have made a little garden around me where I can walk. ~Henri Matisse”

Henri Matisse. Icarus (Jazz), 1947
Henri Matisse. Icarus (Jazz), 1947

In the mid-1940s, Matisse created a book called, Jazz. This book was published by Efstratios Teriade (20th century magazine publisher) and featured Matisse’s colorful paper cut-outs based on themes of theater and the circus. The book had full page imagines that were preceded by 5 pages of handwritten text all by Matisse himself. Only 100 copies were ever printed.  Efstratios Teriade was also the publisher of a popular 20th century art magazine called Verve, which featured a special edition that celebrated the Matisse Paper cut-outs, Verve Volume VI.

Henri Matisse, La Tristesse du roi, 1952
Henri Matisse, La Tristesse du roi, 1952

Henri Matisse creating paper cut outs in his studio in Nice, 1952
Henri Matisse creating paper cut outs in his studio in Nice, 1952

Today, Henri Matisse artwork is features in the top museums all over the world, in private collections of the top art collectors in today’s society, and are selling for millions at world-renounced auctions such as Christine’s, and Sotheby’s.

For the day only, Baterbys will be offering special discounts on original lithographs and etchings that were created by the master himself.  Offering the community a once in a lifetime opportunity to add a Henri Matisse to their collection.

10% of proceeds from the event will be donated to UCP (United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida). UCP provides services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. To learn more about the wonderful organization click here.

 Don’t forget to RSVP for the even; we look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, April 12,2014!

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