'Le Clown' ('The Clown'), plate I of XX

From 'Jazz', 1947

Pochoir plate and lithographed text on vélin d'Arches (Arches paper)

'Le Clown' ('The Clown'), plate I of XX from the illustrated book Jazz, 1947.

'Le Clown' ('The Clown'), plate I of XX from the illustrated book Jazz, 1947. Bank of America Merrill Lynch Collection.
© Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2011

'Jazz' is Matisse's most famous book. It features colour cut-outs and Matisse's own handwritten text with his feelings about art, the artistic process, and other musings. The images do not illustrate the text and the latter does not comment on the images. They are paired purely for visual effect.

Published in Paris by Efstratios Tériade in 1947

Number 181 of 250 copies