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Montreux Festival De Jazz

Montreux Festival De Jazz
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 80
H 99cm x W 68cm

Critical Review

This print was originally designed as a poster for the Montreux Jazz Festival held in Switzerland annually on the Lake Geneva shoreline. The festival is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world and Haring was commissioned to produce a trio of posters in 1983. In 1986 the artist collaborated with Andy Warhol to create a further poster for the festival.

Adhering to the theme of a music festival, this print exudes a sense of rhythmic energy in the way that the figure twists and dances, energy lines emanating from its bendy body. Haring uses saturated, opposing colours throughout the print to produce a jarring effect that furthers this sense of musical energy. Immediately recognisable as an image by Haring, Montreux Festival De Jazz is exemplary of why the artist was commissioned by international organisations to produce posters throughout his career.