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Joan Miro':

Bois graves pour un poeme de Paul Eluard 

Berggruen Collection No. 25.  Paris:  Berggruen & Cie, 1958 

Softback brochure is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • White wraps feature color illustration front and back. 
  • Wraps show some foxing on white background, bumping at head, a little edgewear.  Corners are softened.  See photos.  
  • Spine has no text, with bumped foot end. 
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Two front sheets of brown paper with black text introduce Miro's work. 
  • Two end sheets of green paper with black text describe the edition and printing particulars. 
  • Twelve sheets have illustrations in color, which are bright and clear,.
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.1116

32 pages. 4 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches

This little book was a brochure produced to accompany an exhibition devoted to the publication of Joan Miro's illustrated edition of A Toute Epreuve by Paul Eluard (Geneva:  Gerald Cramer).  The exhibit was held at the Galerie Berggruen in Paris, and the gallery published this work, part of a series devoted to artists of the 20th century.  The quality of the production is such that this is a work of art in its own right.  

A Toute Epreuve is one of the finest artist's books of the twentieth century and the most ambitious creation of renowned Surrealist Joan Miro (1893-1983).  For over ten years, Miro, the Spanish artist, and Paul Eluard (1895-1952), whose text was inspired by Catalan Spain, worked together to create a unique book:  in their own words, a masterpiece of "plastic harmony."  Printed in pure, dazzling colors, Miro's characteristic amorphous forms invite the viewer to skip from text to imagery almost interchangeably, giving marvelous new life and meaning to Eluard's poetry as well as creating a book that is in itself a sculptural entity.  Its title roughly translatable as "Ready for Anything," A Toute Epreuve achieves Miro's own ambition for the project, stated in 1948:  "I hope to create something sensational."

Printed in April 1958.  Typography by the presses of L'Imprimerie Union, Paris; phototype and stencils executed by the studios of Daniel Jacomet. 

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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