Paul Colin, ‘L'odyssée’, 1946, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Homère (Homer).
L'odyssée.
Chez Paul-Emile Colin, Au Bourg-la-Reine, près Paris, 1946.

A charming privately-printed edition, ILLUSTRATED WITH 32 ORIGINAL WOOD-ENGRAVINGS BY PAUL-EMILE COLIN, including five hors texte.

Edition limited to 186 copies of which this is ONE OF ONLY 40 PRINTED ON FINE ARCHES WOVE PAPER, WITH AN EXTRA SUITE OF THE WOOD-ENGRAVINGS on WOVE, A SUITE OF THE FIVE HORS-TEXTE PLATES ON THIN JAPANESE PAPER, AND AN ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWING BY COLIN.

8vo. Loose as issued in wraps. FINE AND BRIGHT, LIKE NEW. In the original decorated board chemise and slipcase (worn and repaired).

About Paul Colin

Paul Colin was a prolific master of Art Deco poster illustration. In his lifetime, Colin produced book designs, theater sets, and costume designs in addition to over 1,900 posters. As a teenager, Colin apprenticed at a printing house before enrolling at L’École des Beaux-Arts, and he would later work in the company of Eugene Vallin. He was commended for his masterful integration of organic and figural subjects with geometric forms. His style, which was influenced by both Cubism and Surrealism, frequently employed bold shapes, striking colors, caricature, and highly stylized forms. Some of his best-known illustrations were made for jazz-age music and theater, as in his iconic image for La Revue Negre (1925) of dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker—his companion, muse, and a frequent subject in his work.

French, 1892-1955