A small group of young girls from South London gamely took up the challenge to recreate one of the late French artist Henri Matisse’s popular works “The Snail” in just one hour!
The challenge was apparently an initiative of UK’s The Telegraph as a response to Tate Modern’s director Sir Nicholas Serota’s statement made during a press conference for the launch of an exhibit of Matisse’s work slated next year. Sir Serota was quoted to have said, “Everyone says ‘a child of six could do it’, but when you come and see the show you’ll realise that it’s only an old man with this incredible freedom of imagination that could do it.”
So how did the girls fare? One of their mothers told The Telegraph that although some of them “got bored with the task of recreating ‘The Snail,’” one girl “was particularly determined to precisely recreate Matisse’s work and came close within the hour.” Watch a timelapsed video of their progress here!
The Tate Modern in London will be opening an exhibit featuring Matisse’s paper cut-outs. “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” will showcase more than 100 works created from 1943 until his death in 1954. During the final years of his life, Matisse was said to have found it difficult to paint due to his failing health so he turned to gouaches découpées (paper cutouts) to express his art. “The Snail (L’escargot)” was made between 1952 and 1953, and will be part of the exhibit along with works such as the “Nus bleus (Blue Nudes)” series.
“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” will be held from April 17 to September 7 next year, and from October 14 to February 9, 2015 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.