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32 St George Street
London
UK
W1S 2EA
Contact Lucinda Boyle
Telephone +44 207493 0876
Fax +44 207495 5010
Website www.shapero.com
Specialists Travel & Exploration, Illustrated books including Natural History, Russian, Judaica, History of Ideas
Shapero Rare Books
Stand H02

With pristine colour

MATISSE, Henri.

Jazz , Paris, Tériade, 1947

First edition. Folio (43.5 x 33.5 cm). One of an edition of 270 copies on Arches wove including 20 hors commerce, signed by Matisse on the colophon page, 146 pp., 4 leaves, 20 stencils cut and printed in colour by Edmond Vairel after collages and cut papers by Matisse; facsimile text by Draeger Frères from artist’s hand-written original, loose as issued in original wrappers after Matisse’s hand-written original, original chemise and slipcase, the whole encased in a spectacular box incorporating a design from the book, a fine example.

Note
A masterpiece of book illustration, Jazz is the only publication of which Matisse was both author and illustrator. The present example is particularly desirable as the plates, with their delicate colour, are fresh and unfaded.

“Henri Matisse, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, refused to leave France after the outbreak of World War II. In 1940 German forces overtook Paris, and his daughter and son participated in the resistance movement. In 1941 Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and became bedridden following surgery. His household moved from the city of Nice in 1943 to escape the threat of Allied bombing. That same year, at the age of 74, Matisse began Jazz, a much-celebrated portfolio of works characterised by brilliant colours, poetic texts and joyful circus and theatre themes.

The works represent the great artist’s lifelong unflagging creativity. Limited in his mobility, Matisse could not paint or sculpt. Instead, he cut out forms from coloured papers that he arranged as collages. His assistants then prepared the collages for printing in a stencil process referred to by the French term pochoir. Matisse worked on the series for two years, with the act of cutting shapes from brightly coloured sheets of paper linking in a single process both drawing and colour, two important elements in Matisse’s work.

In 1947, Matisse’s publisher Tériade issued the prints in an artist’s portfolio that included 20 colour prints, each about 16 by 26 inches, with hand-written texts by Matisse expressing his thoughts as he created the images. The bright colours and lively subject matter combined with the text evoke a joie de vivre that mark this project as one of the most beautiful artist’s books of the 20th century. Tériade came up with the title Jazz, which Matisse liked because it suggested a connection between art and musical improvisation.” (Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University).

Bibliography
The Artist and the Book, 200; Rauch 171; Klipstein & Kornfeld 36; Barr, Matisse, p560; Cramer 31-32.

Binding
Original wrappers
£400,000