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Henri Matisse

(French, 1869–1954)

The Circus, Plate II from the portfolio Jazz

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Object Details

Artist

Henri Matisse

Date

1947

Medium

Pochoir on Arches paper

Dimensions

Image: 14 1/8 × 21 5/8 inches (35.9 × 55 cm)
Sheet: 16 9/16 × 25 5/8 inches (42 × 65.1 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Bruce Allyn Eissner, Class of 1965, and Judith Pick Eissner

Object
Number

80.063.002

Matisse’s artistic career spanned more than six decades. He explored a diversity of styles and med(…)

Matisse’s artistic career spanned more than six decades. He explored a diversity of styles and media, creating a unique pictorial language that consistently expressed his desire to “produce art of balance, purity, and serenity.” These pochoirs (a stencil technique) are from the Johnson’s complete Jazz portfolio. The book, comprised of twenty pochoirs, was published in 1947 when Matisse was largely confined to bed with intestinal cancer. The cutouts were made with the help of assistants who drew colorful shapes on white sheets of paper that Matisse then cut up and arranged into improvisational compositions. (“Highlights from the Collection: 45 Years at the Johnson,” curated by Stephanie Wiles and presented at the Johnson Museum January 27–July 22, 2018)

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