Jazz Book (1947) by Henri Matisse

Jazz Book - Henri Matisse - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleJazz Book
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationMusée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France

About Jazz Book

The artwork titled “Jazz Book” was created by Henri Matisse in 1947 and is an illustration that is a part of the “Jazz Book” series. This piece is currently held by the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, France. Although the artwork is often associated with abstract expressionism, it is worth noting that Henri Matisse’s work is more commonly categorized with Fauvism and Modernism, and “Jazz” is a portfolio of prints that extends from these traditions.

The artwork shows a stark contrast with vivid colors and bold shapes. It is characterized by a style that employs a limited but striking color palette and presents abstract forms. We can observe the use of primary colors—blue and yellow—complemented by a stark black backdrop and touches of white and red. There is a central figure which appears to be in motion, rendered in a silhouette form and filled with a pattern that might suggest a sense of rhythm or musicality, fitting for the title “Jazz”. On the right side of the artwork, Matisse’s distinct handwriting includes his name at the top, the word “Jazz” featured prominently with a decorative flourish, followed by “Cériadé éditeur,” indicating the publisher of the work. The composition’s overall dynamism and the themes conveyed through the title and visual rhythm harmonize with the improvisational and lively qualities of jazz music.

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