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Henri Matisse Jazz

Francesco Poli, Corrado Mingardi

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A superb edition of one of the pre-eminent artists’ books in the history of modern art


Jazz is regarded as one of Matisse’s greatest achievements, its original illustrations still exhibited as significant works in their own right. 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. 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.

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 Jazz’s principal place among other artists’ books; the other surveying the history of artist’ books as a field. Any admirer of modern art (or indeed bookmaking) will be proud to own a reproduction with such uncompromising production qualities throughout.

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Book Details

Format: Unbound facsimile with paperback in a box

Size: 44.8 x 35.5 cm

Extent: 200 pp

Publication date: 21 October 2013

ISBN: 9780500517239

About the Author

Francesco Poli is the author of Postmodern Art 1945–2008.

Corrado Mingardi is the author of Parole disegnate, parole dipinte: La collezione Mingardi di libri d’artista.

List of Contributors

Francesco Poli, Corrado Mingardi

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