Lot n° 170
20000 - 30000 EUR
SCHMIED FRANÇOIS-LOUIS (1873-1941) - MARDRUS JOSEPH-CHARLES (1868-1949)
Ruth and Booz, illustrated book of twenty-eight compositions.
Paris, by F. L. Schmied, 1930. In-folio, black morocco, on the first plate, in a red morocco frame, large ear of wheat forming a column in hammered gilt metal leaf, diagonal gilt fillets surround this ear (some fillets are slightly unstuck), red morocco lining, black moire guards, half morocco shirt, case (F. L. S [chmied].).
Literal translation of the Semitic texts by Mardrus and 28 compositions by F.-L. Schmied, in colour.
These illustrations were woodcut in his studio and printed, along with the text, on his presses by his pupils, Théo Schmied being the head of the studio. Theo Schmied is also the preface of the edition and he gives us some interesting (and rare) reflections on his father: "In compositions where the charms of detail are wrapped in a great simple line, my Father has put the vibrant light of summer in the air. Around each form dances the burning air. These trees, these houses, these landscapes, so many creations of a brain. It is a colourful graphic representation, not made on nature, but filtered through a creative temperament that chooses the lines, the shapes, the colours able to move us. Thus this book makes a homogeneous whole. In the illustration and in the typographical order, as in the translation, we do not find an art that is saved by picturesque and description, but a search for style in accordance with our modern conception of Beauty. And this elegant style, with a well-established architecture that subordinates the detail to the desired effect of the whole, abbreviating by straight lines everything superfluous, will join the purity of Egyptian graphics and the will of the Italian primitives".
Copy n° 10, on Madagascar, signed by F. L. Schmied, enriched with a suite in colour and a suite in black of all woods, numbered 5 and signed, and the original model of the binding. Edition of 172 copies: 7 on Japan, 155 on Madagascar and 10 collaborators' copies.<
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