Henri Matisse created some of his most exquisite works by cutting shapes out of paper.

Delightfully entertaining and playfully inventive, his "drawings with scissors" are also a superb introduction to the most basic artistic concepts: colour, line, and form. This engaging and accessible look at Matisse's cut-outs, arguably the highlight of his magnificent career, follows the artist as he goes in search of pure forms of expression.

Illustrated with beautiful reproductions of Matisse's most famous works, the book relates an imaginary tale about how the colours and shapes created by Matisse come to life, carrying the reader off into the artist's fantasy world.

It reflects Matisse's spontaneity, his love of bold colours, and his seemingly effortless ability to capture movement on paper, which make him an artist of great appeal to children.

Fun and easy-to-follow, this exploration of Matisse's cut-outs invites children of all ages to draw with scissors just like the artist, using the sheets of paper printed in Matisse-inspired colours included in the book. 16 illustrations.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Prestel; Illustrated edition (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 24.13 x 0.48 x 28.09 cm

About the Author

Nina Hollein is a fashion designer and author. Max Hollein is a curator and museum director.