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HENRI MATISSE Jazz special edition book Museum of Modern Art 1983

HENRI MATISSE Jazz special edition book Museum of Modern Art 1983


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A copy of "Jazz", Henri Matisse, 1983, released in high quality facsimile by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, after the 1947 original. As a press release at the time stated: "A special, unbound and boxed edition of Jazz has just been published by George Braziller exclusively for The Museum of Modern Art. Using papers and inks made especially to approximate the original textures and colors, this publication faithfully reproduces the 20 plates of collages and, in 156 pages, the artist's hand-drawn French text. In addition to an introduction by Riva Castleman and a translation of Matisse's text by Sophie Hawkes, The Museum of Modern Art's edition of Jazz features a facsimile of Matisse's illustrated letter to Teriade regarding Jazz which has never before been published in its entirety." The beautiful work is housed in a so-called "clam shell" box, which in turn is protected inside a sleeve. The present copy is in generally excellent condition. The sleeve has slight signs of wear. This is a rare, spectacular collectable art book---or, more accurately, portfolio/colophon.