London's Tate Modern is set to open a highly anticipated exhibition celebrating the cut-outs of French artist Henri Matisse, which made even Picasso jealous.
Tate Modern director Nicholas Serota boasts that the much-anticipated show, entitled simply Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs which brings together more than 100 works from around the world, "will be the most evocative and beautiful show that London has ever seen".
Of the vibrant cut-outs, Serota said: "People sometimes say these could be done by a child, but it's only an old man that has this incredible freedom of mind."
"It's a show for the summer," said Times critic Rachel Campbell-Johnson, one of many British experts enchanted by the explosion of colours in the old power station. Tate Modern is translated into a sunlit studio in the south of France," she wrote.
Exhibition curator Nicholas Cullinan took five years to gather the cuttings, which include four of the artist's iconic Blue Nudes and mock-ups of stained glass windows for the Chapel of the Rosary in the French town of Vence.