Art lovers can celebrate St Valentine’s Day in style, when an exhibition by French artist Henri Matisse comes to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.
The free exhibition Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, which starts on Saturday 14 February and runs until Saturday 14 March, features the artist’s late works created between 1950 and 1954.
Matisse, a painter, sculptor and designer was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour.
The Hayward Touring exhibition, from Southbank Centre, London, features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.
Matisse continued creating highly original works into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative patterns. The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.
The exhibition will be shown alongside selected works from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art, including works by Vanessa Bell, Richard Hamilton and Richard Long.
There will also be a special talk about the work of Matisse, by architectural glass artist Sasha Ward, at 7.30 pm on Friday 27 February at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, in Bath Road.
The talk is the first in a series of talks covering a wide range of topics, from art to archaeology, organised by the Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.
Tickets for each talk are £3 for members of the Friends and £4.50 for non-members. Discount on purchase of talks series available until 27 February. For further details and tickets Tel. 01793 466556.