Painter, engraver and watercolorist, Gaston de Latenay (1859 - 1943), born in Toulouse, studied briefly at the Academie Julian, in Paris. Mostly self-taught, he stood apart from artistic movements and schools to develop his own poetic vision of nature. He combined japanese influences with a lyricism closed from the Nabis. Nausikaa - book sixth of the Odyssey and longest stop of Ulysses - makes the transition from Symbolism to Art Nouveau, and is notable both for the organization of compositions inspired by the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and the subtle colors used for litographs.
Currently, La Library Loliée offers :
- Latenay (Gaston de) - [Homer]. Nausikaa. Translated by Leconte de Lisle. Decorative compositions by Gaston de Latenay. Paris, Piazza, 1889, in-4, illustrated cover, case. Each page is illustrated with color compositions by Latenay. Limited to 400 copies. One of 25 copies on Arches paper enriched with a suite in black on China paper.