The Book Art Of Lucien Pissarro.




Moyer Bell.


Wakefield, Rhode Island and London



Item Description

8vo. 7.25x 10.25 inches. 127 + [1] pp. Title page in red and black and red running titles in margins. Bound in quarter blue cloth over green patterned boards, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper. A fine copy. Illustrated by 16 colour and 62 black and white pates and by 26 text figures. Decorated by title page and margin vignettes. Attractive collection of the wood engravings which Lucien Pissarro (son of the Impressionist artist, Camille) created to illustrate the books, which his private press published. Lucien already inspired by the work of Kate Greenaway, moved to England in the late 1880s, arriving in London as the Arts and Crafts movement was gathering momentum and William Morris had just established the Kelmscott Press. He was inspired to found the Eragny Press at his family home in Eragny sur Epte. It published thirty two titles (see chronological list at end), including works of Flaubert, Keats, Browning, Milton, Coleridge, Christina Rossetti and Francis Bacon, with more than three hundred wood engravings. It represented a beautiful combination of the French impressionistic interest in colour and light and the English aesthetic of Arts and Crafts design. Lora Urbanelli was Curator of Print, Drawings and Photographs at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design.

[Stock No. 25847]

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