White Crow Art Daily

Art in Paper cut outs

Exhibited here is a series of paper cut outs done by me, which requires a short introduction. Artistic creations in paper cut outs are an off-beat genre of painting developed by the famous French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) during the last years of his artistic career. He was a cancer patient in those years and could not stretch his body to do any normal painting. Yet creative energy was pent up in his mind waiting for an explosive outburst. He took his scissors and began to cut coloured papers to make small and pretty two – dimensional shapes. These paper cut outs were pasted on rectangular papers to produce stunningly beautiful compositions. Of course Matisse was ably assisted by Lydia Delectorskaya, who translated the ideas of Matisse into physical reality. At first his paper works were small in size, but in the later years he was able to create giant sized works.

From a historical perspective one can trace the influence of Proto Cubist art of Picasso and others in the paper cut outs of Matisse. When the American modernist artist Stuart Davis (1892-1964) saw the paper cut outs of Matisse he understood that in Matissian art there was still room for further development. One major difference between Matisse and Stuart Davis is worth mentioning here. Stuart Davis didn’t actually use paper cut outs. Instead he used his brush and paint on canvas and created a result which is similar to the works of Matisse in paper cut outs. Another artist who fell in the influence of Matisse was the German-French sculptor Jean Arp (Hans Arp). Many of his paintings and sculptures exhibit a direct lineage of Matissian style. In India K.G. Subramanian and Binod Bihari Mukharjee are the notable names who used paper cut outs as a medium of expression.

The nude studies that I am placing before you are paper cut outs I did during the last year (2014). Though I draw inspiration from the ideas of Matisse and others I deviate from the anatomy and colour schemes of the French master to make it more Indian and Asiatic.


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