When confined to his bed, Matisse would sketch on the ceiling by attaching brushes and charcoal to a long pole. As painting became more difficult, he focused intently on the sleek, stylized paper cutouts he had first started experimenting with in the 1930s, using scissors to create the sinewy shapes and swaths of color that he could no longer render directly on canvas.
2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
I have read before that Matisse’s cut-outs were the result of his failing eye sight, and I am fascinated by the idea that he would use paper that he had painted with gouaches. But just think of the determination to make art that one would “sketch on the ceiling.” Wow!