Henri Matisse : Jazz & Poetry on Paper

September 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Together, these pages offer meditations on life, love, hardship, and utter joy.

Daringly modern artist Henri Matisse experimented with many mediums and devoted a major part of his career to reimagining books as art objects in their own right. He brought to life some of the greatest works of French literature, interpreting poetry and myths with playfully looping gestures, elegant lines, and brightly colored shapes in a way that is always distinctly his own. The CMA is proud to present 81 works in a sweeping exhibition that celebrates four of the artist’s books, including his most famous, the colorful Jazz portfolio from 1947. Together, these pages offer meditations on life, love, hardship, and utter joy.

Learn about the school programs we offer for this exhibition.

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.


Art from the Bank of America Collection.

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ArtBreak: Artistic Poetry Revealed with Dr. Jeff Persels

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University of South Carolina professor Jeff Persels discusses the poetry of Charles D'Orleans recreated by Henri Matisse in his art book Poèmes de Charles D'Orléans.

Recorded September 26, 2017, at the Columbia Museum of Art. 

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Supporting Sponsors

  • Susan Thorpe and John Baynes


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Media Sponsors

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  • Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Gimarc
  • Walda Wildman, CPA

Additional Support From

  • Ada McIver

Lipscomb Sponsor

  • Dr. Lynn Robertson
  • Mrs. Marcia Stine