Henri Matisse is perhaps the only genuine rival to Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp in being considered the most influential artist of the 20th century. His use of color to denote shape and form and his desire to produce work of serenity to be appreciated by all was at the time radical and far-reaching.
Born in 1869 in the industrial area of Northern France, Matisse was a quiet child deeply devoted to his mother. His decision to… Read more
About the artwork
A masterpiece of book illustration, Jazz is the only publication of which Matisse was both author and illustrator. The present example is in excellent condition, with the colors fresh and unfaded. Published by Tériade the portfolio includes 20 color prints, with hand-written texts by Matisse expressing his thoughts as he created the images. Matisse chose the title Jazz, because it suggested a connection between art and musical improvisation.