Jazz Metropolitan Museum of Art Vintage Serigraph by Henri Matisse
1946 was a turning point in Matisse' graphic works producing illustrations for three (now very famous) books and perhaps the most important of all creating an innovative book of cutouts titled JAZZ. Matisse produced it at the urging and support of his friend and publisher E. Teriade.
Confined to bed following major life saving surgery for intestinal cancer in 1941, Matisse now unable to stand at the easel developed a novel method of artistic creation using a simple pair of scissors to create innovative collaged shapes . Known as the "Cut Out" this technique would define his final period of artistic creation.
Comprised of 20 cut out images, JAZZ was published in an edition of only 250, rather than using traditional etching or lithography, Matisse made elaborate stencils for his craftsmen to print on paper using the very same tempera colors that he used for his cutouts (thus reproducing identical colors). A massive undertaking by the craftsmen that was never repeated with such scale.
JAZZ was the only book that Matisse wrote and illustrated using his innovative Cut Outs and his own thoughts with his own handwriting. It is arguably the most famous and loved single compilation of his fine art color lithography anywhere to be found.
In 1983 a special worldwide exhibit of Matisse' JAZZ was organized which included the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. To celebrate the exhibition and special reprinting of JAZZ the Metropolitan Museum of Art created a limited serigraphic printing of one of the 20 JAZZ images at almost twice the scale of the original work.
This rare vintage serigraph represents an important long term art investment work.
Technical Details: Six Color Serigraph. Sheet size 36 x 20 inches. Printed Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983.