Gosport’s new exhibit to showcase French art

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THE work of an internationally-renowned artist will be on show from this weekend.

Gosport Gallery in Walpole Road will open its exhibition of the French artist Henri Matisse on Saturday.

The exhibit, called Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, comes from the Southbank Centre in London and is a Hayward Touring exhibit.

Its stop in Gosport will allow art lovers a chance to see 35 lithographic reproductions of his famous cut-outs.

The work comes from his final four years, when he was confined to his bed.

Matisse, who was born in 1869 and died in 1954, used cut-outs from paper he painted with gouache – a type of paint similar to watercolour but opaque – to make abstract and figurative patterns.

Tom De Wit, gallery curator, said: ‘There is a great enthusiasm and interest in the area for good quality art and we are proud that an exhibition of this quality is here at Gosport Gallery.’

The gallery is open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and open until 7pm on February 21, March 21 and April 18.