Henri Matisse, 'The Snail' 1953

Henri Matisse
The Snail 1953
Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper mounted on canvas
support: 2864 x 2870 mm
Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2010

This week we are celebrating Tate Members! Whose vital support helps Tate acquire artworks for all to enjoy – such as Henri Matisse’s visually delightful The Snail.

It was hard to choose a Members acquisition for the ‘work of the week’, as Tate Members have helped secure so many important pieces  - Picasso’s Weeping Woman, John Constable’s The Opening of Waterloo Bridge and Chris Ofili’s The Upper Room – just to name a few.

Matisse created The Snail when he was 83 years old and confined to his bed. It was made with the help of assistants who under Matisse’s instruction would assemble the panels of vibrant gouached paper to create the undeniable precision and perfect composition the artist desired. This artwork represents the brilliance of Matisse, yet was only achieved through the help of others. Likewise, without Tate Members, Tate would not be as brilliant as it is today.

As a little thank you, Tate is hosting its annual Members December Weekend from 7 – 9 December - a whole three days of behind-the-scenes tours, talks, events and exclusive discounts, not to mention a Christmas knees-up or two.

So if you are a Tate Member, do come along and enjoy some time at Tate this weekend. (Places are limited, so remember to book)

To get involved and help Tate to continue acquiring art for the Nation, become a Tate Member today!