|In 1940 German forces overtook Paris, and his daughter and son participated in the resistance movement. In 1941 Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and became bedridden following surgery. His household moved from the city of Nice in 1943 to escape the threat of Allied bombing. That same year, at the age of 74, Matisse began Jazz, a much-celebrated portfolio of works characterized by brilliant colors, poetic texts and joyful circus and theater themes. All 20 prints from the edition of Jazz are on display at the Cantor Arts Center.|
Limited in his mobility, Matisse could not paint or sculpt. Instead, he cut out forms from colored papers that he arranged as collages. His assistants then prepared the collages for printing in a stencil process referred to by the French term pochoir. Matisse worked on the series for two years, with the act of cutting shapes from brightly colored sheets of paper linking in a single process both drawing and color, two important elements in Matisse’s work.
In 1947, Matisse’s publisher Tériade issued the prints in an artist’s portfolio that included 20 color prints, each about 16 by 26 inches, with handwritten texts by Matisse expressing his thoughts as he created the images.
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