A Toute Épreuve. Joan Miró, Paul Éluard, text.
A Toute Épreuve
A Toute Épreuve
A Toute Épreuve
A Toute Épreuve
A Toute Épreuve
A Toute Épreuve

A Toute Épreuve. Gravures sur Bois de Joan Miró

New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1984. 1st Edition Thus. Folio, publisher's binder's tape over card wraps in original foldover dust jacket, housed in original patterned paper-covered board chemise and slipcase.

"I am completely absorbed by the damn book. I hope to create something sensational, the most important achievement in engraving since Gauguin" (Miró to his publisher Gérald Cramer). Facsimile edition of seminal avant-garde painter Joan Miró and leading figure of the Surrealist movement Paul Éluard’s ambitious artist’s book. Roughly translating to "foolproof," A Toute Épreuve features Éluard’s verses written during the dissolution of his relationship with Gala after she infamously left him for Dalí in 1930, in dialogue with Miro’s dazzlingly colorful interpretation of his words. The original livre d'artiste (published in 1958) took Miro over a decade to illustrate and is cited as having revitalized his enthusiasm for novel art forms—it had been a longtime dream of his to create a "book-object" that went beyond mere illustration when Éluard approached him about the collaboration in 1947. Employing found objects such as wood, wire, and a variety of papers, the painter created 233 blocks to produce 79 woodcut prints, a labor intensive technique he had never before used. The facsimile edition is a reproduction number 75 of 130 copies printed in Geneva by Swiss publisher Gérald Cramer. Illustrated in color, with a large-format booklet containing scholar and translator Anne Hyde Greet’s extensive introduction providing a complete history of the collaborative effort between Miró, Éluard, and Cramer and analyzing the edition's layout between text and graphics. Text in French (introductory booklet in English). Textblock reinforced with archival glue; light edgewear to slipcase, with some tearing to joints, and some rubbing and staining to slipcase. Very good overall. Item #3214

$200.00

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