(Argentan, 1881 - Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955)
Gouache on paper.
33 x 25,2 cm
Titled lower center "Rimbaud", monogrammed and dated lower right "FL 48".
Louis Grosclaude, publisher
A certificate of the Léger committee dated 23/9/2021 will be given to the buyer.
Fernand LÉGER illustrated Rimbaud's poem "Les Illuminations" in 1949. Prefaced by Henri Miller, this luxurious work is published by Éditions des Gaules in Lausanne and contains 15 lithographs almost all colored with stencil; a portrait of Rimbaud from Étienne Carjat's photograph is in the frontispiece. Etienne Carjat photographed Rimbaud in October 1871, the month of his meeting with Verlaine and the Parisian poetic milieu. Fernand Léger takes again the clear and lost look in the distance, the supple and bristly hairstyle, as well as the clothing details: the jacket with large flaps, the buttoning of the waistcoat, the knot which decorates the collar.
This gouache is close to a photographic portrait.
A handwritten note from Louis Grosclaude, the book's publisher, appears on the back:
"Exhibited in Lausanne, Gal. des Gaules. in Basel, Musarion librairie et galerie.
in Brussels, Galerie Brachot. in Lausanne, Galerie Nouveaux Grands Magasins.
Original gouache executed by Fernand Léger for Rimbaud's Illuminations.
in the book) in 1948. GROSCLAUDE Louis, editor.