Facsimile edition of Lurçat's beautiful book of beasts, paired with the artist's own text.
"Je crawle autour du Singe, du Scorpion, du Boa. Je suis bleu comme la colère."
Reproduced from the 1948 edition. Glowing lithographs of animals and sea creatures, one of the most remarkable of Lurçat's variations on the bestiary theme. GEOGRAPHIE ANIMALE is a post-war fantasia dedicated to the memory of the artist's stepson, a parachutist captured and killed in 1944. Lurçat, himself deeply involved in work for the Resistance, "symbolized French defiance, aesthetic and moral" (W.J. Strachan). Memories and images from the Occupation appear in translated, transmuted forms: the Owl of Good Hope, watching from the towers and the shadows; the obscurely terrifying Spider of Nuremberg, with a dizzying number of legs. Lurçat's texts, poetic and fanciful as his images, are dreamy one moment and brutal the next, like his imagined natural world: "Nos escadrons sont infinis," say the Hippomastiques of the Amazone; "U.N. est inconnu chez nous. Frère, il faut mourir..."
Read more: Strachan, The Artist and the Book in France.
(Geneva): (Edito Service), [circa 1970]. 12'' x 9''. Original blue boards with silver lettering. Brown endpapers. Illustrated with 18 lithographs. Stated authorized facsimile edition, this copy no. 5146. Minor scuffing to spine ends and boards; light speckling to rear board.
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