AN exhibition by one of the 20th century's most influential artists Henri Matisse will open at Lady Lever Art Gallery next week.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors will feature 35 prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life when he was confined in bed and will run at the lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight from October 25 to March 15, 2020.

Iconic images such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes will feature as part of the exhibition which is touring from the Southbank Centre.

The exhibition forms part of the celebrations for Wirral's Borough of Culture Year.

Curatorial trainee at National Museums Liverpool Kate O’Donoghue told the Globe: “Henri Matisse is a world-famous artist and this exhibition includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

"We are proud that Matisse is coming to Wirral for the first time in over ten years and during Wirral Borough of Culture Year."

French painter, sculptor and designer Matisse continued to create original works into his eighties and his doctor even advised him to wear dark glasses as the colours he used were so strong.

The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve which was a review of art and literature published by Matisse’s friend, the critic and fine art publisher Tériade in 1958 - four years after Matisse’s death.

The publication was planned during Matisse’s lifetime and the first lithographic plates were prepared under his direction a few days before he died.

Visitors to the exhibition are being asked to pay what they feel to help the gallery continue bringing world-class art installations to Wirral.

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