Jazz and Cinéma calendrier du coeur abstrait. Maisons

These two recently published reproductions of illustrated books provide an interesting contrast. Cinéma calendrier du coeur abstrait. Maisons, a book of poems by Tristan Tzara with woodcuts by Hans Arp, was originally published in 1920, in an edition limited to 150 copies. As illustrated books go, it was a relatively modest but handsome production, with the nicely printed poems and unassuming but lovely black and white illustrations set in gentle counterpoint to each other. A charming and witty book, its reproduction does not involve enormous difficulties and its essential character is quite successfully captured in the 1983 Thomas Press reprint. Matisse’s Jazz, originally published in 1947, is by contrast one of the most ambitious illustrated books of the century. It contains a rambling, indirectly autobiographical text by Matisse, reproduced in his own handwriting, and 20 brilliantly

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