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20 September 2012

See Matisse's 'The Snail'

Completed by Henri Matisse in 1953, 'The Snail' is a collage, created by the artist using gouache paint on pieces of paper, which were then cut and pasted onto paper mounted on canvas.

We are told that Matisse created the piece at the Hotel Regina in Cimiez, Nice, and the date places its creation at the very end of his life, when he was more than 80 years old. At this stage of his life, Matisse was confined to a wheelchair and had stopped painting altogether, instead producing these cutouts with the aid of assistants. 'The Snail' is part of the Tate's permanent collection and can be seen in the Henri Matisse and Bridget Riley room on Level 4 at the Tate Modern.

For more, see http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/matisse-the-snail-t00540

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