1944 · Paris
10” x 13 1/4’ Unbound as issued in wrappers, sleeve, slipcase. Printed (by Daragnes) on fine Lana wovepaper. with 22 original aquatints by Andre Villeboeuf, 16 of which are full-page and hors-texte. A rare artistbook printed during the war, with commentary by Fargue on the state of Europe.
André Villeboeuf (1893-1956). Painter and etcher was born in Paris. He studied under Léon Detroy andJean-Paul Laurens at the Beaux-Arts, Paris, and made his debut at the Salon des Indépendants in 1921, andsubsequently became a committee member of the Salon des Tuileries. He was also a member of the Sociétédes Peintres-graveurs français.
Aassociated with his friends André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Jean-Baptiste Boussingault, Luc-Albert Moreau,and Louis Valdo-Barbey. Members of this group often exhibited together. André Villeboeuf and Dunoyerde Segonzac collaborated with Édouard Vuillard on the book Cuisine in 1935; each artist contributed sixoriginal prints.
Villeboeuf illustrated a handful of books with original etchings, including his Surrealist masterpiece Contesfantastiques, published in an edition of 240 copies. These extraordinary aquatints, bitten numerous timesto achieve subtle variations of shade, take us on a phantasmagorical journey that owes much to the etchingsof Goya, to whose art Villeboeuf was deeply attached. (Inventory #: 1262)