The Snail

The Snail
Artist Henri Matisse
Year 1953
Medium Gouache on paper
Location Tate Gallery, London
Dimensions 112 3⁄4 in × 113 in
287 cm × 288 cm
Famous Paintings by Henri Matisse
L’Atelier Rouge, 1911
The Conversation, 1912
Woman Reading, 1894
The Dance, 1909
The Snail, 1953
Green Stripe, 1905
Beasts of the Sea, 1950
The Open Window, 1905
Woman with a Hat, 1905

The Snail by Henri Matisse was painted from 1952 to 1953. It’s 287 by 288 cm and is currently being displayed at the Tate Gallery in London.


Matisse was a painter until 1950, when his arthritis created too much pain while painting. This is when he moved to paper cutout artwork instead. The Snail is one of the last pieces he did before his death.


This collage is made with colorful pieces of paper that were pigmented with gouache. Matisse then cut these pieces and pasted them onto a bottom white paper. There is a choppy orange border around the white base paper and then different colored shapes on the inside. Matisse used the shapes to create a snail-like figure that is going into a spiral pattern. The colors that are seen include: light/dark purple, light/dark green, red, blue, light/dark orange and black. The white on the background can also be seen in between the spaces of shapes.

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