Le Livre de Tobie.
Paris: Beltrand, 1929.
A livre de peintre copiously illustrated with beautiful, luminous color wood engravings designed by Maurice Denis and cut by Jacques Beltrand.
Edition limited to 200 numbered copies beautifully printed on fine wove paper.
Folio. Loose as issued in original wraps. Uncut. Original board folder with ties. Book fine and bright, with no defects. Board folder very slightly worn.
A rare and beautiful book.
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