Matisse Cut-Outs that he created late in life are brilliant. This extra-large 1996 offset litho poster of “Composition Fond Bleu” (1951) was printed in Italy. Superb reproduction fidelity by the art publisher Maestri Della Pittura. 30 × 41 inches as framed in gloss white MDF wood with gallery acrylic glazing.
“In the late 1940s, Henri Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium, and scissors as his chief implement, introducing a radically new operation that came to be called a cut-out. Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes—from the vegetal to the abstract—which he then arranged into lively compositions, striking for their play with color and contrast, their exploitation of decorative strategies, and their economy of means. Initially, these compositions were of modest size but, over time, their scale grew along with Matisse’s ambitions for them, expanding into mural or room-size works. A brilliant final chapter in Matisse’s long career, the cut-outs reflect both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these.”— MoMA Henri Matisse, The Cut-Outs, 2015 exhibition.