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Visit: Henri Matisse “Nu Bleu” 1952

The Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra would like to invite you to visit a very special artwork that has been part of the exhibition “INFLUENCERS in art. From Van Goyen to Pop Art” from the #GoBlue event, World Children’s Day, which took part with Unicef ​​tha last november at the museum.

Henri Matisse’s “Nu bleu” is part of his last period as an artist. The French painter is considered one of the greatest artists in the art history for the use of colors, his fluid brushstroke, and his extensive artistic production; in addition it was useful for as a source of inspiration and model for other artists.

Matisse was creating artworks until the end of his life. This 1952 work is in its final stage in which, due to an intervention for colon cancer, he remained in a wheelchair, despite the circumstances he didn’t stop. Unable to paint, he decided to create a new way of continuing to produce art, “painting with scissors”, which consisted of cutting wallpapers painted in different colors with some shapes and paste them on a surface, also called cut-outs. As a result of these cut-outs, he experimented with lithographs such as the one we present, where he presents nude figures inspired of African women for the sculptures she acquired on her trip to Tahiti. The use of the color blue is not a coincidence, for him it means distance and volume; here the series’ name “Nus Bleus”.

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