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Matisse

Steve and I treat ourselves to a day in London last week. Visited the RA Summer Exhibition and 'Henri Matisse, The Cut-Outs', at Tate Modern. We both enjoyed the exhibitions. Sean Scully's, 'Doric Night', was beautiful, much better than on the tv or in print. Loved some of Hughie O'Donoghue's paintings and Anselm Kiefer's, 'Kranke Kunst.' In fact there's too many to list. Plenty of variety so probably something for everyone. The Matisse exhibition was amazing. Great to see how his cut-outs evolved. I was particularly interested in looking at the difference between the actual cut-outs and e.g. the printed ones for the Jazz publication. Matisse said that printing 'removes their sensitivity' and the prints definitely weren't as vibrant as the originals. The large cut-out of 'The Parakeet and the Mermaid' was a favourite for both of us. Makes me want to paint a lot of paper and start cutting and sticking. Had a peek at the Louise Bourgeois exhibition and loved her very large etchings, very organic. Cant' believe that she did them when she was in her 90s. Amazing that Matisse was so prolific when he was so ill too. Treat ourselves to lunch at the Tate Modern which was delicious. A long day as we had to get up at 4.00 am and got home about 10.30 pm, but it was well worth it.