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Heures d'Automne
Sauberlin & Pfeiffer, Vevey 1904 - Oblong 8vo. (170 x 190 mm). 115 pp., with ca. 50 vignettes by the author / artist printed in color "a la poupee." Original color printed wrappers. Cover slightly rubbed. Paper partly with creases in the margin. Uncut copy. Preserved in a folding case. A meditative Art-Nouveau jewel by a woman artist, distinguished by its serene prose-poems and color-printed woodcuts printed "à la poupée." One of 338 numbered copies on "papier fauve spécial" (from a total edition of 350). The woodcuts were printed from one impression of a single woodcut plate which had been painted in advance with gradations of two or even three colors. The application of this method is unusual in the period around 1900, especially with woodcuts. It was mainly used in the 18th century and actually only in gravure techniques ("à la poupée"). It is also noteworthy that the image and text were partly printed on top of each other. The result is a particularly attractive and extraordinary effect through the course of two or three colors, merging text and image in combination with colored paper. The artist / author Marguerite Burnat-Provins (1872-1952), originally of France, was a Swiss painter, draftsman, graphic artist and writer. The serene text of "Heures d'Automne" is a reflection on the soft and bluish light of Lake Geneva while simultaneously reflecting marital peace. It begins with a note "To Artists," and indeed this is a "painter's book." The story recalls her union with the architect Adolphe Burnat; inhabiting a small house in La Tour-de-Peilz, enjoying a beautiful workshop built by her husband in the garden, she devotes herself to painting and various artistic activities (making pottery, embroidery, painting furniture). "Heures d'Automne" was followed three years later by "Heures d'hiver" which paints a frozen world in black and white in anguish of separation, madness, and exile. In the Preface of the Centenary edition of the "Heures," Catherine Dubuis likens it to a kind of Book of Hours: "If we accept that here poetry has taken the place of prayer, this book is indeed a Book of Hours. The freedom of tone, the flexibility of the structures and themes are perfectly served by the use of the poem in prose, which Marguerite Burnat-Provins knows how to handle with safety and control. The importance of the seasons refers to the splendor of nature, proof in the tradition of the existence of God; the hours that pass are reminiscent of the human condition: memento mori, remember that you must die . More original, the 'Hours of Marguerite' are people who are born, who cross the life of humans, who die like them, weaving their fabric, carrying the enigma of the future and the weight of the past. Finally, the hours of a day constitute a "life in life", a short life, with the birth of day, the maturity of full noon, the twilight of old age. We can still add to them the seasons, the youth of spring which illuminates the triumphant dawns, the sovereign summer blazing at noon, the aging autumn; let us add to it the icy nights of winter, similar to death, and the cycle of the seasons will be complete, like that of the hours and the human life." (SOURCE: Heures d’automne, Heures d’hiver. Cossonay, Editions Plaisir de Lire, 2004). - See AKL XV, p. 255. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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