Artist's Book

Jacques GAUCHERONBêtes en tête.

La Frette/Seine (France), pour le plaisir et aux dépens de l'Auteur [Privately printed by the author-artist with the assistance of Claude Guillemette], (1965).

4to, leporello form, publisher’s white card wrappers, coloured illustration on front cover. Unpaginated. Text printed in handwritten form in black and colour. Each page with a large original hand-coloured illustration by the artist. Complete. First and only edition.

A stunning artist’s book privately printed in very small number by the author for private distribution among his friends.

A witty children’s book with a succession of lessons on how to draw a chick, a donkey, a snail, a duck, a swan, a bear, a cock, a blue rabbit and a frog. The author, philosopher and poet Jacques Gaucheron (1920-2009) was a member of the French Resistance during the Second World War and a close friend of many artists and writers of the period such as Eluard, Aragon, Tzara, Kosma and others. He was also professor of philosophy at the Ecole nationale des Arts décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. The book is here inscribed by him to André and Marcel Jean. Marcel Jean (1900-1993), artist, author, engraver, medalist, textile designer, painter and sculptor, member and scholar of the Surrealist group in Paris. With an autograph letter signed by the author, dated February 1965, laid in the volume: “I am pleased to leave a copy for you of this menagerie… a rather crasy undertaking, but I think the result is quite nice!”.

Faint toning to upper part of front cover. A fine fresh copy.

Price: 650,00 euros

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