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Henri Matisse. Cut-outs. Drawing With Scissors

Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase, 11.3 x 14.7 in., 14.94 lb, 486 pages
US$ 200
Drawing with scissors. A compendium of his revolutionary late-period work, plus a flawless facsimile of Jazz

Drawing with scissors

A compendium of his revolutionary late-period work, plus a flawless facsimile of Jazz

This two-volume edition includes a perfect facsimile of Matisse’s seminal cut-out work. Jazz, the legendary album of twenty color prints with calligraphic text, recognized as a masterpiece among artist books of the 20th century.

The reputation of Henri Matisse (1869–1954) as the most important artist of the modern era is rivaled only by Picasso—who himself said, "All things considered, there is only Matisse." Towards the end of his monumental career as a painter, sculptor, and lithographer, an elderly, sickly Matisse was unable to stand and use a paintbrush for a longer period of time. In this late phase of his life – he was almost 80 years of age – he developed the technique of creating brightly colored paper cut-outs. These gouaches decoupées (gouache cut-outs) represented a revolution in modern art, yet their simplicity was dismissed by many critics as the folly of a senile old man. Later critics realized that Matisse had found a brilliant solution to the age-old conflict between line and color—one that would profoundly influence generations of artists to come.

Printed on paper similar to the 1947 edition, the facsimile volume allows readers to experience Jazz in its original, unbound form.
 
  • Printed in 18 colors on a small offset press, 4 pages at a time, to obtain the highest fidelity to the original
  • Printed on Old Mill in 190 g/m² from Italian paper mill Fedrigoni. This paper is of archival quality and has a felt-like softness, much like handmade paper
  • As with the original, this reprint is unbound and folded in signatures of 4 pages. It is protected by a French folded jacket and a hard-backed cover


The second volume provides a thorough historical context to Matisse’s cut-outs, tracing their roots in his 1930 trip to Tahiti, through to his final years in Nice. Also included are other pivotal works from his later career, including his contributions to Verve magazine and his exquisite decoration of the Vence Chapel. Includes rare and historic photographs by Matisse taken in Tahiti, as well as photos of Matisse by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, and the filmmaker Murnau. The text is supplemented by quotations from Matisse, Picasso, E. Tériade (the publisher of Jazz and Verve), the poets Louis Aragon, Henri Michaux, and Pierre Reverdy, and Matisse’s son-in-law, Georges Duthuit.

Winner of the 10th Prix du Livre d’Art du Syndicat National des Antiquaires, Vote du Public 2010!
The editors

Gilles Néret (1933–2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Élie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dalí: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.

Xavier-Gilles Néret taught philosophy of art and design at the ESAA Duperré and Université de Paris I Panthéon La Sorbonne. He studied the connections between philosophy and poetry with particular relation to Stéphane Mallarmé. He lives and works in Paris.

Henri Matisse. Cut-outs. Drawing With Scissors
Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase, 11.3 x 14.7 in., 14.94 lb, 486 pages
Henri Matisse.
Cut-outs.
Drawing With Scissors
US$ 200