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Yesterday I went with my friend Stu to the Matisse Cut Out Exhibition over at the Tate Modern. I havent been to the Tate in so long so it was lovely to take the stroll from Waterloo down the Southbank. The weather was excellent the company was great and we just spent a nice chilled out Monday.

I've been a big Matisse fan for a long time, and especially his cut out work. It's a brilliant retrospect of his later work, exploring just how creative you can be with paper, pins and some scissors. His work is extraordinary considering the circumstances he made them - For most of his later life he was confined to a wheelchair and made the majority of his work on his walls in his home. While some might dismiss his work as childish and amateur his work booms simplicity and beauty that is just hard to explain. The roughness, the undone the simple shapes on paper...  it works. The show was wonderful and visual and just really interesting. Bold, subtle and incredible use for form and shape. While many dismiss modern art I feel like Matisse really set a benchmark of how simple form can be art. It captures the simplistic energy of a child in a way that I find hard to describe.

I went to art school and for years I struggled with making art. Art isnt a set thing, it cant be taught. It's something that is interpreted and developed differently. Ideas are formed by looking at shapes, brush strokes and medium. It's funny because what really is art? That's the great thing about art, is that it doesnt matter what others say. If it's visually stimulating and means something you then it's art. Enjoyment is the most important thing.

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  1. So in love with the outfit ! You look great !
    Sara,
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  2. lovely pictures, looks like an amazing day!

    Rachel x
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  3. Love your top!
    Hopefully I'll get down before September to see the exhibition.

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    x

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  4. Wow, you sound like an art critic in what you've written haha, but really interesting to hear your thoughts about it :) Everything from this day looks like a lot of fun, the food looks delicious and your outfit is perfect, as well as your hair. The weather also seems pretty spot on. Very jealous, absolutely love it! xxx

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  5. love your outfit, and the food looks amazing x
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  6. I like what you said about art not being a set thing. I'm just going into my third year of a BA in Fine Art and I'm writing my major critical project on the devaluation of certain kinds of art and how cultural attitudes to art influence and are influenced by capitalism, productivity, prestige, and dichotomies separating adulthood/childhood and play/work.

    Love a bit of Matisse.

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  7. Love the outfit and the photos look great! Ahhh haven't been to the tate in so long....

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  8. Lovely photographs and gorgeous outfit x

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  9. Lovely outfit! Love your hair www.emilyvictoriachristine.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Love the skirt!

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  11. Love the skirt! All the food and coffee drinks look delicious. xx
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  12. I have always loved Matisse's cut outs and remember the first time I went to The Tate I was fascinated by his piece called the snail! I have recently booked a trip down to London in order to see this exhibition and am really looking forward to it. It sounds like you enjoyed it :)

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  13. awesome!
    xx
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  14. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful day Lily. Oh, and I absolutely adore your skirt x

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  15. Lovely shots and nice look!

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  16. Lovely outfit and I love your outlook on art as well. I agree with you so much :) x

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  17. You look amazing, this outfit is so great! I went to the see the exposition a few weeks ago, it was really interresting!

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  18. I'm rather jealous of you for being able to pop over to the Tate whenever you want.
    I love the skirt and how casually you styled it.

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  19. Such a nice outfit! Looks like you had a lovely day :)
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  20. i really love your top and the day looks so fun as a whole ! I agree with you about art, I did art and photography for over 5 years at school and I always struggled with art. Everyone has a preference to what art is, how they see things, the only thing we can teach is how to bring the creativity out
    Lauren x
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  21. Great pics! Your skirt is super cute. I love Tate Modern, I always go when I am in London. Walking along the river on a warm sunny day is amazing! Lucky girl!
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  22. I wanted to go whilst I was on holiday in London but somehow I didn't... Hm.

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  23. Beautiful outfit and the photos are lovely :)

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  24. i studied Mattise during GCSE!! bet the gallery was amazing, looks like you had a great day and i love the outfit!!

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  26. Great pics! Yummy cake too!
    XO
    Jeanne
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  27. Lovely photos, you've captured the atmosphere so well!

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  28. Love your outfit, that skirt is gorgeous! I'm a fan of Matisse too and have been wanting to go to this exhibition for a while! Can't wait to check it out!

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  29. My new job is next to the Tate Modern and I can't wait to spend more time there! x

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  30. You look beautiful and the food looks amazing! I love London x

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  31. I love the look of the cake, but I wish I could have seen more photos of the exhibition! I'll just have to go and see it for myself :)

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  32. Seems like such a lovely time you had, beautiful photos!

    Love it

    -A,x

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  33. Seems like you had such a lovely day, you captured it so well

    Love the pictures

    -A,x

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  35. Cake, Wahaca and Matisse?! Looks like the perfect day :)

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  36. your skirts so pretty. I like when you mix in some lifestyle posts!

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  37. ah i really would love to go to that exhibition, matisse is so brilliant! lovely post x

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