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About Shirley Jaffe

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.

American, 1923-2016, New Jersey, based in Paris, France

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Shirley Jaffe: Works on Paper, Tibor de Nagy, New York
2015
2013

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Selected Works: New Arrivals, Tibor de Nagy, New York