Dada, Surrealism, War and its Aftermath 1935-1955

The Artists’ books in this gallery reflect the creativity and optimism of publishers, such as Ambroise Vollard, Albert Skira, and Tériade who, both before and after World War II, created ambitious and complex volumes with some of the greatest artists of the era. In contrast, however, the content of a number of books reflects the period of the 1930s and 1940s as a time of economic depression and a world war, followed by an uneasy peace. The variety of materials used in the construction of the books, from the simplest pamphlet clandestinely made in Paris under the occupying noses of the Nazis to luxurious volumes where no expense was spared, display their individuality and idiosyncratic nature during this period.

Les Bucoliques de Virgile with variations by Paul Valéry

Book with 45 illustrations total: 1 engraving and 44 lithographs (43 color; 1 in black/white) on Arches wove paper; loose in wrappers of light blue paper.

Artist: Jacques Villon (French, 1875-1963). Author: Virgil (Roman), Paul Valéry. Printer: Mourlot Frères (French), Frazier-Soye (French). Published by: Scripta et Picta (French), 1953.

Gift of the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

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