Matisse is a great example of a person not being defined by limitations and circumstances. Wheelchair bound and unable to continue painting, paper cut-outs became his major medium in the final decade of his life. He first used the technique in 1919 doing designs for the Le chant du Rossignol, an Opera made by Igor Stravinsky , and in 1938, while working on the stage sets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

He moved to the hilltop of Vence in 1943, where he produced his first major cut-out project for his artist's book titled" Jazz", which inspired numerous other projects and works of art using the technique. Ever evolving and adapting, Matisse said, “An artist must never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of a style, prisoner of a reputation, or prisoner of success…"


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