Vienna: Edition Die Galerie, 1934. First edition. Hardcover. Misonne. Oblong 4to., cloth-backed printed boards, preliminaries, and 24 photographic plates with tissue guards. Scattered foxing, primarily on the blank tissue guards. The boards are moderately dust soiled, else a near fine copy. Issued with a plain glassine dust jacket which is not included with this copy. This is number 859 of 1000 copies, SIGNED by the photographer. Text in French, German and English. The first monograph by this major Belgian Pictorialist. Born in provincial southern Belgium into a prosperous family, Misonne's first studies were in Greek, Latin and the humanities; he trained for a career in mining engineering which he never practiced. He made his first photograph in 1890 and by 1896 he devoted himself entirely to his art. A first wave Pictorialist, his mastery of the bromoil print and other highly manipulated processes ensured his prominence and place in the history of the Pictorialist school. Of all the Pictorialist photographers, none conveyed atmosphere better than Misonne. Bucolic landscapes were his dominant subject, yet his credo "Le sujet n'est rien, la lumière est tout" (The subject is nothing, light is everything) is what endures.
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