Shirley Jaffe

American, 1923–2016

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Shirley Jaffe

American, 1923–2016

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Shirley Jaffe’s colorful geometric abstractions are full of associations inspired by her adopted hometown of Paris. Jaffe’s careful compositions recall the flat-yet-fluid figure-ground relationships and stripped-down forms characteristic of Henri Matisse, as in Four Squares Black (1993). With their geometric flat forms, lines, and amorphous shapes, her paintings have also invited comparisons to Fernand Léger’s circuses and Piet Mondrian’s Neoplasticism. Prior to the late 1960s, Jaffe painted in a gestural style, but abandoned it fearing she was “destroying the essence of what we would call gesture” by reworking it until it was no longer pure.

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Biography

Shirley Jaffe’s colorful geometric abstractions are full of associations inspired by her adopted hometown of Paris. Jaffe’s careful compositions recall the flat-yet-fluid figure-ground relationships and stripped-down forms characteristic of Henri Matisse, as in Four Squares Black (1993). With their geometric flat forms, lines, and amorphous shapes, her paintings have also invited comparisons to Fernand Léger’s circuses and Piet Mondrian’s Neoplasticism. Prior to the late 1960s, Jaffe painted in a gestural style, but abandoned it fearing she was “destroying the essence of what we would call gesture” by reworking it until it was no longer pure.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
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