otheby’s December Prints & Multiples auction features a broad selection of Modern and Contemporary prints spanning the 20th century to the present day, including works by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha and Banksy. Bidding will open December 4th and lots will begin to close on December 16th.
M atisse’s Jazz is one of the most beautiful, groundbreaking and personal artist’s books of the twentieth century. Using only large shears and gouache-painted paper, Matisse meticulously produced this series of twenty paper cut-outs that he published in his idiosyncratic and much-celebrated album in 1947, the images reproduced as pochoirs under the artist’s precise supervision at the printing press. Although initially set to be titled Le Cirque, at the suggestion of his publisher, Tériade, Matisse changed the title to Jazz, which he welcomed for the connection it implied between art and musical improvisation.
This present lot is presumably a printer's proof set and was never accompanied by the title page, justification, table of contents or the portfolio cover. Of the vertical images, one of the five (plate 13, L’aveleur de sabres) includes the facsimile text on half the sheet and on the verso, customarily seen only in the folded edition.
Important Female Artists
Beauty of the Natural World
F or over 150 years, The Standard Club has stood as a symbol of civic pride, counting amongst its members generations of Chicago’s business and philanthropic leaders. It has a rich history merged with a present spirit weaving together tradition and innovation. Though staggering to think of how the world has changed since its founding in 1869, The Standard Club has endured, unwavering in a commitment to excellence, steadfastly dedicated to providing members with an atmosphere of comradeship, shared experiences and values.
Sotheby’s shares the devotion to preserving a legacy while embracing the future and so it is an honor to present works of art from The Standard Club’s collection, to pay tribute to one of Chicago’s treasures, an organization long recognized for incomparable prestige and principle.