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Jazz Hardcover – September 17, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller Inc. (September 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080761291X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807612910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century.

Riva Castleman was the Director of Prints and Illustrated Books at the MoMA for nearly twenty years, as well as Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Like the style of music for which it is named, Henri Matisse's "Jazz" moves in unexpected rhythms. His first major project in the unique cut-out medium, the book was originally published in a very limited edition. This 1985 edition brings a true work of art to a mass public. "Jazz" is a book all book lovers should own, because it forces you to become more aware of the sheer visual pleasure provided by reading. Matisse's calligraphic text can be appreciated for its beauty by those who do not read French (a translation of the text is provided at the front of the edition), and its cool black-and-white austerity rests the eye from the dazzle provided by the amazing plates. Matisse's colors are so bright they burn themselves onto your retina! Do not resist them, for they will transport you into a world where pure forms float in a limitless space, a world simultaneously serene and vivid.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig S. Canfield on April 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just a warning that this edition of Jazz is quite small. It's about the size of a large post card. In addition, the shape of the book- just like the picture, duhh- forces most of the images inside to be even tinier. A cute book, but definitely not a great way to enjoy Matisse's fine work.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many artists run out of steam before their life ends. Their final work either wanders off in unpromising directions or maunders in repetition of themes already better explored earlier.

Matisse was a happy exception. His work continued to be refined and improved. Jazz is arguably his best work and one of the few affordable ways for each of us to view outstanding art in the format for which it was designed.

Where most illustrated books (including other books illustrated by Matisse) accompany a text by a poet or an author, Jazz is based on a text by Matisse. The text, however, is there to create a visual context for the cut-outs. Matisse employed a delightful calligraphy in his own hand to capture his thoughts about how to be an artist. Many artists are very poorly equipped to explain their own work and approaches to creating that work. Matisse once again proves himself to be a giant by producing a text that's as delightful as the brilliant images.

The text is, of course, in French, but a simple English translation precedes the displayed material.

Riva Castleman opens the book with a fine history of the work inception and execution.

Beyond there, you will delight in familiar images. Many of the plates from this book have become cultural icons such as Icarus, Clown, Circus, Horse and Heart. You will doubtless also find new favorites among the various Lagoons and circus-themed cut-outs.

What, you ask, is a cut-out? Matisse was too ill to get out of bed to paint. Instead, he took brightly color paper and cut out images that resemble what a precocious child might do.
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