Henri Matisse Jazz Hardback
By 1947, Matisse - in his seventies and suffering poor health - much preferred the simple, fluid act of cutting forms from painted paper to drawing or painting.
It was his intention to use this assemblage technique to illustrate a collection of poems, which would be printed as a limited edition book.
As this project evolved, Matisse's notes, written with a paintbrush in looping letters, became integral, and the publisher agreed that they should replace the poems.
They appear here in their original `rough' form, creating a visual counterpoint to the images.
Henri Matisse Jazz has stood the test of time, and is regarded as one of Matisse's greatest achievements - its original illustrations still exhibited as significant works in their own right.
This edition is accompanied by a special book mounted on the reverse of the presentation box's cover, featuring both a translation of Matisse's text and two new essays: one examining its principal place among other artists' books, and the other surveying the history of artists' books as a field
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 200 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/10/2013
- Category: Art & design styles: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism
- ISBN: 9780500517239