This is a beautifully curated and presented exhibition and contains several examples of the pochoir prints made in the production of his artist's book Jazz. I was surprised to read that Matisse was, 'Disappointed that in the published book the cut-outs seemed to lose the contrast of different surfaces layered on top of each other'. He added that (the pochoir) printing 'removes their sensitivity'.
Certainly something was inevitably lost by the necessary low level of lighting in the galleries but despite this it was possible to experience the vibrancy of the finished prints. The prints can be seen in their full, colourful intensity by viewing the YouTube link to an exhibition held at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 2008: here you can see the Jazz pochoirs accompanied by a Miles Davis Jazz track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4H_p8XNxU0
I was particularly interested in Matisse's method of working to produce his organic, plant-based forms. Using paper coloured by gouache and shear-like scissors 'It is no longer the brush that slips and slides over the canvas, it is the scissors that cut into the paper and into the colour'.
Next I'm going to explore this way of working to investigate a new approach to printmaking.
This is my first try. Instead of free-cutting with scissors, I have used a craft knife;