Gerda Wegener La Chasse au Papillon, 1917
An original watercolor signed and dated, illustrating pages 140 and 142 of Tales of my father, the Gander by Eric Allatini. The pretty and frail Anemia princess, surrounded by her three friends sitting in the middle of tulips, is watching butterflies flit around her and deciding which one she prefers. At her request, the gardener Ellebore arms himself with a small net and chases the butterfly, ending the frantic race by drowning tragically in the pool.
December 11, 2015
Jean Louis Sponsel Das Moderne Plakat, 1897
Extraordinary poster book with a complete survey of posters from all over the world featuring 318 illustrations, of which 52 are colored plates. The binding is in tact and the colors are vibrant and gorgeous. This incredible edition features posters from Belgium, France, Germany, America, England, Austria/Hungary, and other European poster artists, including Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, Steinlen, Grasset, Mucha, Van Rysselberghe, Rassenfose, Will Bradley, Beggarstaff Brothers and many others. The text also includes a chapter on Japanese woodcuts, which influenced many Art Nouveau poster designers of that period.
November 28, 2015
Hans Bellmer, Georges Hugnet OEillades ciselées en branche, 1939
Hans Bellmer worked as a photographer, sculptor, painter, and author. Known for his partly fragmentary mannequins, Bellmer collaborates with French poet, Georges Hugnet, in this book of 25 detailed illustrations with texts. The work features a soft cover with paper lace and a transparent protective film. A rare and delicate edition, the artwork also features a dedication from both artists to their respective wives, Germaine Hugnet and Margarete Bellmer.
November 20, 2015
George Barbier, Umberto Brunelleschi La Guirlande, 1919 - 1920
An exquisite and complete set of the monthly periodical, La Guirlande—Album d'Art et de Littérature. The literary contributions are illustrated with the work of Barbier, Brunelleschi, Vallée, Bonotte, Domergue and others, and the pochoir coloring is by Jean Saudé. Includes 60 hors text plates and numerous in-text illustrations. Although the publication was unfortunately short-lived, this rare and beautiful volume is important for both its text as well as Art Deco imagery.
November 12, 2015
George Barbier, F.L. Schmied, Pierre Louÿs Les Chansons de Bilitis, 1922
Forty-two designs by Georges Barbier, engraved on wood and colored by F.L. Schmied, illustrate thirty elegies narrating the story of Bilitis’ and Mnasidika's "friendship". This collaboration between Barbier and Schmied is considered to be one of the jewels of the Art Deco period, and certainly shines as one of the very best examples of Barbier's early work. Les Chansons de Bilitis reveals Barbier's passion for the Classical world––its vases, furniture, fashion, and ornament––which he beautifully imbues with an Art Deco sensibility. However, the work was long in the making as it begun in 1914 with the production of "Les Chansons de Bilitis," but was halted at the death of Pierre Louÿs during the onset of the war and only completed by his widow in 1922.
October 25, 2015
George Barbier Le Cantique des Cantiques, 1914
George Barbier elegantly illustrates "The Song of Songs" in a bold palette of black, white, and gold, lending an Art Deco sensibility to a classically-themed story. Stylized images of deers, figures in silhouette, and a marked attention to drapery, texture, and line suggest that Barbier was influenced by both Greek and Roman imagery, most likely from the painted pottery. The volume features seventeen illustrations and is bound in three-quarters Moroccan leather binding with marbleized decorative paper.
October 2, 2015
Hanns Pellar De Kleine Koning, 1909
Hanns Pellar, who studied under Heinrich Lefler, illustrates this classic German fairytale with twelve fanciful and vibrantly colored lithographs depicting various scenes from The Little King. Pellar's artwork have an atmospheric quality to them as he wields a pallet of rich pastel blues and greens with sumptuous gold highlights, all of which perfectly complements the nature of the compositions. A first edition with German text on woven paper.
George Barbier, F.L. Schmied Vies Imaginaires, 1929
Vies Imaginaires is written by French Symbolist writer, Marcel Schwob, and illustrated by George Barbier with 14 illustrations exquisitely rendered with full-page plates in addition to numerous in-text vignettes and rubrications throughout the work. The "Imaginary Lives" include tales of such well-known figures as Lucretia, Captain Kid, and Pocahontas, characters who are captured with the spirit and dynamism Barbier is known for in his elaborate compositions.
September 29, 2015
George Barbier, F.L. Schmied Personnages de Comédie, 1922
Personnages de Comédie is considered one of Barbier's best works. The illustrator had designed the entire layout and provided 12 full-page color illustrations along with two bandeaux and illuminated initials that decorated the text plates throughout. These were then engraved on wood and printed by François-Louis Schmied, the multi-talented artist whose work epitomizes the artistic heights reached in the production of luxury books during this period. In short, Personnages de Comédie shines as one of the finest examples of the beauty and sophistication of the Art Deco book.
Charles Baudelaire, René Ranson Les Fleurs du Mal, 1900
Les Fleurs du Mal remains a unique example of Baudelaire's famous work criticizing 19th century French modernity. Prosecuted by Napoleon III under the Second French Empire as an outrage aux bonnes mœurs (an insult to public decency), Baudelaire was fined for his sumptuous poetry that aligned decadence and eroticism, and had undergone an auspicious history of censorship and drama. The book is illuminated with 29 original gouaches--four full-page illustrations without text--by renowned Art Deco artist René Ranson.
July 28, 2015
Man Ray Revolving Doors, 1972
Revolving Doors is the second edition of this brilliant work by Man Ray. Featuring 10 pochoir colored plates, the images reflect the artist's interpretation of the relationship between time and space, and includes his signature on the colophon.
"10 full-page color plates by Man Ray, an American painter and photographer. Born in 1890, his beginnings in New York around 1911-1915 put him in touch with the avant-garde movement with the arrival of Duchamp and Picabia. Inventif, he started his "Aerographs." In 1921, Man Ray participates in the Dadaiste movement before entering into the Surrealisme. He has made few movies, objects...and his work is always marked by insolence, humour, and an extraordinary freedom."
July 27, 2015
Marc Chagall De Mauvais Sujets, 1958
Marc Chagall interprets Paulhan's story in ten poetical and charming original color etchings with aquatint. This is the very first copy made for the author, Jean Paulhan (from an edition of 112 nominative copies, 25 reserved for the artist and 16 for the project's collaborators). It is signed in blue pencil on the justification page by Chagall, Paulhan, and the director of the "Bibliophiles", Félia Leal.
June 2, 2015
Gerda Wegener Talons Rouges, 1922
A vivid and suggestive watercolor by Wegener, signed and dated 1922. The subject is considered to be her partner, Einer Wegener, posing as his alter-ego, Lili Elbe. Donning delicate pearls, pink knee-highs, and red heels, the subject and overall composition evoke a sense of luxury with rich, vibrant colors and ornate detailing. In typical Wegener-style, the artist's muse maintains a very coy façade. The artwork is a wonderful reflection of Wegener's intimate relationships during her time in Paris.
May 16, 2015
Niki de Saint Phalle The Jungle, 1993
The Jungle is a remarkably lush, color lithograph that features fanciful characters and creatures imbued with brilliant jewel tones. The resulting effect is at once inspired as it is organic.
April 10, 2015
Georges Lepape Le Bien-Aimé absent, ca. 1920
Lepape portrays an intimate scene in Le Bien-Aimé absent where a young mother in a diaphanous dress is reading a letter with her son while heading to a table laid out in the foreground, a servant off to the side. The artwork is an original version of a fashion plate from the album, Modes et Manières d'Aujourd'hui, and features beautifully striking colors and a mirror image not available on the printed plate.
Georges Lepape Micheline en costume marin, 1917
Elegantly illustrated in watercolor, pencil, and gouache, Lepape depicts the graceful movement of a young woman walking on Carolles Beach. She is wearing a delicate blue and white sailor suit, sporting a ribboned beret.
April 3, 2015
Salvador Dali Florals, 1972
The suite, Florals, contains fifteen "Dalinized" flower arrangements, ranging from Lilies, Hibiscuses, Tulips, Gladioluses, Dahlias, Roses, Carnations, Irises, Tiger Lilies, and more. These dynamic and surrealistic illustrations are sure to brighten up any space or collection with their colorful quirkiness.
January 27, 2015
Salvador Dali Symphony Bicyclette, 1970
A limited edition lithograph depicting a coordinated system of cyclists balancing a stone on their head, Symphony Bicyclette is at once both a cartoonish and elaborate print. Originally executed as a pen and ink drawing inspired by a Marx Brothers' film celebrating music, this lithograph is one of the most rare and desirable of Dali's artworks. The gallery's edition of this print is signed by Dali, numbered 101 of 200, and features vibrant colors on BFK Rives paper.