Henri Matisse Jazz by Francesco Poli, Corrado Mingardi
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Henri Matisse Jazz by Francesco Poli, Corrado Mingardi

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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
  • 200 pages, Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • Publisher:  Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Imprint:  Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • ISBN:  9780500517239
  • Published:  21 Oct 2013
  • Classifications:
    • Art & design styles: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism
    • Art & design styles: c1900 to c1960
    • Individual artists, art monographs
    • Illustration & commercial art
  • Readership:  General 
  • Weight:  3094g
  • Dimensions:  525 x 370 x 73 (mm)
  • Pub. Country:  United Kingdom

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