Banner showing Henri Matisse's 'The Snail' for Tate Liverpool's display – Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus
Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus
Tate Liverpool: Display
20 November 20152 May 2016

Do not miss Matisse After Dark on Saturday 30 April, a celebratory evening of French classical music, a delicious supper and a last chance to see Matisse in Focus.

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  • 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 2002
  • Henri Matisse, 'André Derain' 1905
    Henri Matisse
    André Derain 1905
    Oil on canvas
    support: 394 x 289 mm
    frame: 550 x 471 x 75 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Knapping Fund, the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society and private subscribers 1954© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2002
  • Henri Matisse, 'Trivaux Pond' 1916 or 1917
    Henri Matisse
    Trivaux Pond 1916 or 1917
    Oil on canvas
    support: 927 x 743 mm
    frame: 1132 x 947 x 93 mm
    Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2002
  • Henri Matisse, 'Draped Nude' 1936
    Henri Matisse
    Draped Nude 1936
    Oil on canvas
    support: 457 x 375 mm
    frame: 580 x 500 x 70 mm
    Purchased 1959© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2002

Do not miss Matisse After Dark on Saturday 30 April, a celebratory evening of French classical music, a delicious supper and a last chance to see Matisse in Focus.

This autumn Tate Liverpool presents one of the most iconic works ever made by Henri Matisse – The Snail 1953.  Due to the delicate nature of the work, this is your only opportunity to see The Snail outside of London, as this masterpiece will not tour to other venues in our lifetime. 

At almost three metres square, The Snail is one of Matisse’s largest and most significant paper cut-out works. Made by cutting and tearing shapes from paper hand painted by his assistants in a range of bright colours, Matisse began experimenting with this cut-out method in the late 1930s, adopting it wholeheartedly by the late 1940s when ill health prevented him from painting.

Shown alongside The Snail will be additional Matisse works from Tate’s collection that span the genres of portraiture, landscape and still life, encompassing sculpture, painting and works on paper. Displaying works from 1899 onwards, Matisse in Focus will represent over 50 years of this giant of modern art’s fascinating and impressive career. Not to be missed!

Matisse in Focus is programmed in parallel with An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections to form Tate Liverpool’s autumn/winter season. Works to Know by Heart encourages visitors to re-consider their relationship with the artworks on display, proposing questions around this relationship and exploring what the works mean to them.

Banner credit: Henri Matisse, The Snail 1953 © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2015

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Saturday 5 December 2015,
10.3014.00
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13.3016.30
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14.0015.00
Saturday 12 March 2016,
11.0012.15
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Saturday 13 February 2016,
19.0022.30
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