"Icare" also appears as the maquette for plate VIII of Matisse's book of cut-outs, Jazz. But actually one of the most enchanting of the decoupages in the show and one which avoids all chance of expropriation as design is titled simply "Forms," which is the maquette for plate IX of Jazz. Commenting on Matisse's technique, the curators remark that "rather than discarding the paper that fell from his scissors when he cut out a shape, Matisse understood that each cut produced two equally valid forms." "Forms" represents the positive and negative of a torso with an almost Brancusi like purity. Like the "Blue Nudes" series, it's almost daring in its abstract simplicity and could never be mistaken for decorative art.
"You have no idea how, during the cut-out paper period, the sensation of flight which emanated from me helped me better adjust my hand when it used the scissor. It's a kind of linear and graphic equivalence to the sensation of light."
Artwork: "Blue Nude" by Henri Matisse
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