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"Mademoiselle Chrysanthème, vous qui avez deux patries..." (Paul Valéry)
LES HUIT RENOMMEES
By Kikou Yamata, illustrated by Tsuguharu Foujita
Inscribed first edition of this exquisite collaboration between two great French-Japanese artists.
Very good plus.
LES HUIT RENOMMEES
"Ah! écrivez aux Japonais de ne pas oublier le Japon!"
Born in Lyon, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat and a French woman, Yamata was a contemporary of Colette, the first French translator of Lady Murasaki, and a sensation in the French literary salons of the early twentieth century. A travelogue of sorts, LES HUIT RENOMMÉES is a harmonious and well-balanced collaboration with the great Franco-Japanese artist Foujita, received with delight by contemporary French critics. From the Revue de France: "Pouvons-nous trouver un meilleur guide que Foujita pour nous conduire au Japon? Les dessins qu'il a composés pour orner les Huit Renommés de Kikou Yamata sont vivants, nerveux et spirituels" [Can we find a better guide than Foujita to take us to Japan? The drawings that he created to embellish LES HUIT RENOMEES by Kikou Yamata are vibrant, agitated, and spiritual]. With the advent of the Second World War's hostilities and an accompanying chill in French enthusiasm for an exoticized un-France, this fervent wish to be "taken to Japan" faded and Yamata's popularity declined; but before her death in 1975 she again achieved great postwar success with LA DAME DE BEAUTÉ, a finalist for the Prix Femina, and was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Read more: Denis Meyer, Monde flottant: La médiation culturelle du Japon de Kikou Yamata.
(Paris): (André Delpeuch), (1927). 7.5'' x 5.5''. Original printed wrappers. Uncut edges. Illustrated with 47 drawings by Foujita. Text in French. 252,  pages. Inscribed by Yamata in French and signed in French and Japanese: "Pour le cher Vizir, avec la toujours fidèle amitié du chrysanthème...Kikou". Spine creasing and minor chipping to corners; wrappers and interior toned.
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