The Knife Thrower

As you can see from The Knife Thrower, pictured above, Henri Matisse was not only a talented painter and sculptor. When he was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and his body failed to respond to his will to create, he started experimenting with paper stencils. His assistants would cut and prepare water-coloured stencils which he used to create some of his best work. Even though he didn’t think of his cut-outs as a legitimate part of his work, he took the time to assemble a book entitled Jazz, in which he gathered all of his decoupage in one place. Since then, Matisse’s cut-outs have been considered the first major graphic work of the 20th century, that has stolen the hearts of many art-lovers around the globe.