Jazz, edited in 1947 by Tériade, marks the triumph of his new technique of cut papers. It is however only one of the elements of the restart of the theories of the artist for a joyous art that seeks the sublime, escaping henceforth the conventions of painting, sculpture and drawing.
Helped by his very efficient assistant Lydia, Matisse covers the walls of his studio in Vence with his new realizations of which he constantly modifies the positions in search of a soothing balance in the global effect. Not only did Matisse reach abstraction but he also anticipated the monochromists of the following decade.
The stiff paper is covered with a monochrome gouache in the expressive color desired by the artist. His large sewing scissors cut an abstract silhouette of harmonious curves in the middle of this plate which is then pinned on a cardboard of another color. When the artist left Vence two years later, the pins were carefully replaced by light dots of glue.
On May 17 in New York, Bonhams sells a 41 x 26 cm abstract cutout made in 1947, titled Arbre de neige, lot 12 estimated $ 800K. Within the fuchsia-colored gouache, the hole on a white background evokes a tree-like shape with undulating edges.
Another cutout of same size made in the same year was sold for $ 1,08M including premium by Christie's on November 4, 2013 in the sale of the Krieger collection. The comparison of the two artworks shows the diversity of the new inspiration of the artist : these Arabesques violettes sur un fond orange have shredded edges close to the violence of the abstract paintings by Clyfford Still.
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SOLD for $ 1.57M including premium