Item #CL184-109 [Tailpieces From “The Georgics Of Virgil”]. Aristide Maillol, French.
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[Tailpieces From “The Georgics Of Virgil”]

c1937-1944/1950. Three woodcuts on a single sheet, “Maillol” monogram stamped lower left with publisher’s blindstamp, 32.3 x 24cm (paper). Foxing overall.

Illustrations made for Les Géorgiques de Virgile, vols. I and II.

The volumes, printed by Philippe Gonin in Paris, were in planning from 1910 when Maillol was travelling around Naples. The project was not revived until 1937, with the encouragement of Gonin. The last block was received in 1944, just before Maillol’s death, who supervised the cutting of the last blocks as his hands and eyes were too weak to do it himself. It was finally published in 1950.

This page containing three images is possibly a printer’s proof sheet, with the Maillol stamp. The top image is the tailpiece to André Mary’s preface (landscape). The second is the tailpiece to the Latin text book III (landscape with flock), and the bottom image is the tailpiece to the French text, book III (landscape with sheep). Ref: Maillol Woodcuts: 303 Great Book Illustrations, 1979.

Item #CL184-109

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  other currencies

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