Paris, Aux Dépens d'un Amateur, se vend chez Lucien Scheler, 1961.
Small 4to, in sheets loose as issued in original illustrated covers and slipcase. 134 pp., (6) pp. 36 original engravings by Albert Flocon. Complete.
First and only edition.
Number 2 of 100 copies numbered 1-100 of a total issue limited to only 120 copies on pur fil d’Arches paper signed by Albert Flocon and Lucien Scheler below the colophon.
Beautiful book, uncommon.
The postmodern avant-garde engraver, painter, surveyor, teacher, historian and writer Albert Flocon is one of the great humanist intellectuals of the 20th century. Born in 1909 in Köpenick, near Berlin, under the name Albert Mentzel, he developed an early passion for drawing, theater and literature. As a teenager, he visited Italy (Milan, Bologna, Pisa, Genoa and Florence), where he discovered Michelangelo, Uccello, Masaccio and Fra Angelico. His artistic calling led him, in 1927, to the Bauhaus in Dessau. Amazed by the buildings of Walter Gropius, he decided to study architecture there. He first followed the introductory course of Josef Albers, then the teachings of Paul Klee and Vassili Kandinsky. After his first year of studies, admiring Oskar Schlemmer’s theatrical work, he decided to enroll in the theater workshop and became part of a small troupe that prepared shows. It was during this time that the young man was active in the Communist Party; because of this engagement, Kandinsky had him fired from the Bauhaus. From 1930 to 1933, he lived in Berlin and in Frankfurt.
Fleeing nazism and anti-semitism (his wife was Jewish), Albert Flocon emigrated to France in 1933. He worked in advertising and illustration, at Vasarely’s Omnium Graphique and at Père Castor. When war was declared, he was interned at the Chambaran camp, then enlisted in the Foreign Legion for the duration of the war; Demobilized in 1940, Albert Flocon, his wife and their three children, settled in Pibrac near Toulouse. Arrested by the Gestapo, along with his wife and eldest daughter, he was interned in Saint-Michel prison in Toulouse, until the city was liberated; his wife and daughter – Ruth – were transferred to Drancy and died at Auschwitz, while his two other children, hidden in families, were rescued.
Albert Flocon settled permanently in Paris in 1945 and decided to take the name of his maternal grandmother. In July 1947, his was among the artists exhibiting at the International Exhibition of Surrealism held at the Maeght Gallery. In 1949, he founded, with Johnny Friedlaender – also a refugee of German origin – and the master printer Georges Leblanc, the Atelier de l’Ermitage. In 1954, he joined the Ecole Estienne as a drawing professor, and, ten years later, he obtained the chair of Perspective at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He befriended many philosophers, writers and artists of the period: Merleau-Ponty, Canguilhem, René Taton, the poet Jean Lescure, Henri Goetz, Christine Boumeester and others.
Passionate about the relationship between art and geometry, Albert Flocon has strongly contributed to renewal of the study of perspective. He died in 1994, at the age of 85.
A fine crisp copy.
Price: 1.100,00 euros
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