Drawing with Scissors

Cover of ‘Jazz‘ by Henri Matisse

The cover and page from the book ‘Jazz‘ in 1947. Matisse provided his own text for the images. He explains his reason for using his own handwritten thoughts, interesting that the text is perhaps secondary to the image:

I’d like to introduce my color prints under the most favorable of conditions. For this reason I must separate them by intervals of a different character. I decided that handwriting was best suited for this purpose. The exceptional size of the writing seems necessary to me in order to be in a decorative relationship with the character of the color prints. These pages, therefore will serve only to accompany my colors, just as asters help in the composition of a bouquet of more important flowers. Their role is purely visual.’

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