Aug 29, 2018

Se surprendre soi-même saisir, Nos mains s’enremêler, nos maux s’entre-détruire…

Narcisse

Se surprendre soi-même saisir, Nos mains s’enremêler, nos maux s’entre-détruire…

1936

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Laure Albin Guillot

(French, 1879–1962)

Fresson print

Image: 34.1 x 26.4 cm (13 7/16 x 10 3/8 in.); Paper: 34.1 x 26.4 cm (13 7/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2018.211.27

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Did you know?

The tactile emphasis in this book’s printing and papers echoes the sensuousness appropriate to a love story.

Description

Laure Albin Guillot wanted to produce a book that illustrated contemporary literature with photographs of equal quality and was itself a work of art. She chose to illustrate Paul Valéry’s poem Fragments de Narcisse, 1919–22, based on the myth of a beautiful young hunter who falls in love with his own reflection in a pond and is driven to suicide by the futility of his unrequited love.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Portfolio
Medium: 
Fresson print
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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