Maurice Denis, ‘Le crépuscule sur la mer.  Illustrations de Maurice Denis.’, 1933, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Suarès, André.
La crépuscule sur la mer.
Paris: [the author / chez l'auteur], 1933.

FIRST EDITION of Suarès' poetic musings about Brittany, illustrated with 66 WOOD-ENGRAVINGS--many printed in color--BY JACQUES BELTRAND AFTER MAURICE DENIS.

From an edition of 225 copies, THIS IS COPY NUMBER ONE, printed for painter and critic Paul Jamot.

Elegantly bound in with hinges are TWO UNPUBLISHED AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS BY SUARES (totaling 6 pages) ABOUT BRITTANY (along the same lines as the texts printed in the book).

4to. GORGEOUSLY BOUND in full turquoise morocco with crushed goatskin doublures. Original wraps and backstrip bound in. All edges gilt. Matching morocco chemise and slipcase.

FINE AND BRIGHT, like new with no defects.

A UNIQUE COPY OF ONE OF MAURICE DENIS' BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.

About Maurice Denis

Maurice Denis is remembered as a leading theoretician of Symbolism and a champion of the work of Paul Cézanne; in Denis’s lifetime, however, his own painting was not always met with critical attention. Denis studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, as well as the Académie Julian under Jules Lefebvre. Along with school friends including Pierre Bonnard and Paul Ranson, Denis founded Les Nabis, an offshoot of the Symbolist movement that reacted against the naturalistic tendencies of Impressionism. Denis, who was known as “Le Nabi aux Belles Icons” (“the prophet of beautiful icons”) produced work that was attentive to color and surface, with the decorative sensibilities of Art Nouveau. His paintings often featured religious iconography, and he considered himself a Christian painter.

French, November 25, 1870 - November, 1943, Granville, France, based in Paris, France