A spectacular book destined to become a real collectors' item. A facsimile reproduction of one of the most important livres d'artiste to be published in the 20th century.
The French painter executed these works at the age of 78. By now Matisse was battling with poor health, which confined him to a wheelchair, yet his curiosity was still insatiable. Helped by assistants, he experimented with a new way of painting. Cutting-out pieces of paper of strong, vibrant colours, he created large collages to depict abstract themes. This way of painting was called papiers découpés (paper-cuts) or the technique of ‘painting with scissors’. The fact that Matisse was able to work with scissors suited his physical circumstances better and was less tiring than using a brush and palette. The results he achieved were extraordinary in terms of their sense of equilibrium and the purity of the images. To create Jazz, Matisse drew inspiration from acrobats, the theatre, music and mythology.
Some of the prints, like Icarus and The Sword Swallower, became icons of modern art. This masterpiece was published in 1947 by Editions Tériade in a limited edition of only 250 copies. A spectacular book destined to become a real collectors’ item. A facsimile reproduction of one of the most important livres d’artiste to be published in the 20th century.