Henri Matisse. The Nightmare of the White Elephant (Le Cauchemar d l'éléphant blanc) from Jazz. 1947

Henri Matisse The Nightmare of the White Elephant (Le Cauchemar d l'éléphant blanc) from Jazz 1947

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In the final decades of his life, Matisse invented a new form of art, the cut-out. Working with scissors and sheets of gouache-painted paper, he cut various shapes—from the organic to the geometric—and arranged them into lively compositions. Cut-outs formed the prototypes for the printed images in the illustrated book Jazz, which Matisse insisted remain absolutely faithful to the original colors. In response, the publisher turned to pochoir, a stencil printing technique in which the same gouaches could be used. Matisse created two versions of the prints: one for a portfolio and the second for the illustrated book, whose plates were interspersed with a text by Matisse, written in his looping calligraphy.

Gallery label from "Colllection 1940s—1970s", 2019
One from a portfolio of twenty pochoirs
composition (irreg.): 16 5/16 x 25 3/16" (41.4 x 64 cm); sheet: 16 5/8 x 25 11/16" (42.3 x 65.3 cm)
Tériade, Paris
Edmond Vairel, Paris, Draeger Frères, Paris
Gift of the artist
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© 2021 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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