Paris, Picart, Editeur, (circa 1918)
Folio, loose as issued in publisher’s cloth backed marbled paper portfolio with ties, large rectangular label printed in red and black mounted on first side. Printed list of plates pasted inside front board with a short note on the artist by Fred Witmann. 25 stunning engraved plates in black mounted within a double frame on stiff paper sheets hand-numbered. Complete.
First and only edition.
Striking illustrations on the themes of youth, age, love and death with a distinctive dark and angular style.
A ghost of the illustrated literature, with only one auction record in the last thirty years or more, and apparently no copy in institutional holdings worldwide (no copy is listed in OCLC).
Very little information is available on the talented Symbolist artist Eugène Andréa D’Audroin who was born in Paris in 1900 and exhibited for the first time at the Salon d’Automne in 1919. He executed some decorative work, including a mural based on the Comédie humaine for a Parisian music-hall.
“Ame impatiente où brûle le désir créateur, Andréa d’Audroin, peintre des allégories symboliques et sompteuses, plâne au dessus des préjugés. Son œuvre “L’Ame éternelle” chante dans une note passionnée ce qu’est “l’éternelle comédie humaine”. Personne avant lui n’avait osé saisir ce flambeau, lui seul a su en saisir la flamme” (from the introductory note by Fred Witmann).
The portfolio is numbered 6/500 [though it is obvious that very few copies were produced] and signed by the artist in black ink inside front cover.
Price: 1.500,00 euros
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