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The Complete Jazz Suite by Henri Matisse

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

With great excitement, Galerie d’Orsay offers to our community a complete Jazz Suite portfolio in excellent condition!

Jazz is one of Matisse’s most sought-after and beloved suites for which he combined his greatest strengths: line and hue. Completed toward the end of Matisse’s life while he was ill and bedridden, the eccentric genius cut the hand-painted sheets of paper and pinned them into compositions celebrating the circus, music, and Tahiti, while also commenting on the political turbulence of the 1940s. The artist delighted in how his paper cut-outs allowed him to “achieve a combination of color and drawing in one single movement.”

The text of Jazz, written in Matisse’s own hand, is arabesque and oversized and offers poetic explanations of the imagery and glimpses into the artist’s life. We are thrilled to offer these groundbreaking works from the distinguished collection of Draeger Freres, Matisse’s printer and collaborator who so beautifully recreated the artist’s hand-scrawled text!

Works from Matisse’s Jazz Suite can found in numerous prestigious public and private international fine art collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the Harvard Art Museum, Boston, The Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

See the full suite and more available works by Henri Matisse or visit us at 33 Newbury Street to see these renowned works in person!

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