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Matisse artwork collection displayed at Tate Modern

"Large Composition with Masks 1953" by Henri Matisse Photo: PA

One of the largest collections of Henri Matisse's celebrated cut-out artwork will go on display in a new exhibition at the Tate Modern later this week.

Around 130 of the pieces form the exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, which opens on Thursday at the gallery.

The French artist cut shapes from paper to prepare large collages for some of his most iconic work.

Sir Nicholas Serota, the Tate director and co-curator of the show, said he does not believe the Tate Modern will ever be able to assemble "a cut-outs show with such quantity and quality."

"Christmas Eve, Summer - Autumn 1952". Credit: PA
"The Parakeet and the Mermaid 1952" by Henri Matisse. Credit: PA
Great - Granddaughter Sophie Matisse in front of "Blue Nude III Spring 1952". Credit: PA
"Icarus 1943" by Henri Matisse. Credit: PA
gallery assistant poses in front of "The Snail 1953". Credit: PA
A television camera man looks at works of art by Henri Matisse. Credit: PA

Visitors can see the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition from Thursday April 17 until September 7