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Shirley Jaffe

The Plume, 1959

Oil on canvas
45 7/10 × 36 4/5 in
116 × 93.5 cm
This is a unique work.
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Paris, Brussels , Geneva
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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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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.

Shirley Jaffe

The Plume, 1959

Oil on canvas
45 7/10 × 36 4/5 in
116 × 93.5 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
location
Paris, Brussels , Geneva
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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