JAZZ.
JAZZ.
JAZZ.
JAZZ.
JAZZ.
Henri Matisse

JAZZ.

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The extremely scarce prospectus, comprising two lithographs reproducing pochoirs from Henri Matisse's masterwork Jazz, sent out to a small number of collectors ahead of the printing. A mint example, rare in any state, rarer than rare in this state.The closest one will come to owning the Matisse's monumental Jazz.

In an interview, Matisse described the appeal and the beuty of this work: 'It is not enough to place colours, however beautiful, one beside the other; colours must also react to one another. Otherwise you have cacophony. Jazz is rhythm and meaning.'

This seminal work marks a creative milestone in Matisse’s later life which cannot be ignored—his pioneering use of the paper cut-out as a medium rather than a compositional tool. Jazz, published in 1947, is a strangely hypnotic artist’s portfolio book made up of 20 plates illustrating not jazz music, but the circus—with its undertones of life on the road—and the artist’s own earlier travels. The ‘jazz’ element can instead be found in the improvisational techniques seen throughout the book, connecting expressionist art and the musical improvisation found in jazz.

Original publisher's grey-green paper portfolio reproducing the original wrappers for the published book with Matisse's manuscript 'Jazz' to the front cover and vignette to rear.. Small 4to. (245 x 190 mm).. Label with details of the edition by Gerd Hatje (editor) pasted to inner front wrapper; lithograph title reproducing that for the book with Matisse's script, label with 'Tériade éditeur' pasted to foot, 4 pages with text by Matisse (a transcription of his 'Jazz' text for the book), page with text by Kurt Martin, facsimile page ('une page d'ecriture de 'Jazz'') to page 6, final page with 'Index des Planches' and a list of Matisse's other illustrated books and with two double-page colour illustrations from 'Jazz' ('L'enterrement de Pierrot' and 'Le lanceur de couteaux') printed in reduced form recto only.

Published by Tériade éditeur, Paris, 1947.