Henri Matisse / Jazz Series selection
1/ The Toboggan / 1943
▶2/ The Wolf / 1946
▶▶3/ Monsieur Loyal / 1946
My last Matisse post! A personal historic one. Three years ago on this very day, Malevich Squared attended the final night of the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition. And this is what my younger self wrote:
The subversive process of the original painted cut-outs still amaze with their vibrant colour, and texture. 'The Toboggan' appears to move with the simple combination of painted paper, scissors and glue initially applied to canvas. ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
The general feeling of energy you get, means you can miss the hidden connection with the contemporary society, in which Matisse lived. For example, the Jazz series assembled from 1943-46, includes 'The Wolf', a reference to Adolf Hitler. DeGaulle is represented by Monsieur Loyal. It does look like DeGaulle.
Matisse signed the originals after the war. 'The Wolf' in 1946 and 'Monsieur Loyal' in June 1946. Matisse you let me down!!! I demand more courage from my artists.
My personal favourite is: 'The Toboggan' from 1943, painted earlier for the Jazz series. The compostion pinpoints the moments between the tobogganist toppling out of control and a final resting place. Like 1943 itself. The moment that captures anxiety of the uncertain outcome. Anxiety between tragedy or relief. And that involves an element of choice for the Tobogganist in how they internalise this external situation. There is also an incongruence in the snow being purple. Urmmmmmm. The familar made unfamilar. With hindsight, everything familiar must have been unfamiliar in 1943.
Then to revisit the #malevich exhibition upstairs. One simply must visit family!! Including paste-on innovator #olgarozanova!
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