June 17, 2010

Joë Bousquet : spiritual mentor of his time

Born in Narbonne, Joë Bousquet (1897-1950) was only 17 years old when he committed on the front of the First World War. He quickly became the most decorated officer of his regiment. But, in 1918, he is hit by a bullet which cut through his spinal cord. Incapacitated, he spends the rest of his life lied down, legs paralysed. He composes then numbers of poems in prose, develops an mystic and erotic aesthetic, literally using writing as a way of life. He exchanges long and fruitful correspondences and receives in his room, now a literary salon, his contemporaries : Surrealists, with whom he has a special relationship, André Gide and Jean Paulhan among others. Little-know figure for the general public, Joë Bousquet, however, was the advisor and confidant to an entire generation of artists.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Traduit du Silence. Proses. Paris, Les Cahiers du Journal des Poètes, série poétique N°65, 1939, in-12, covers. First edition. Copy on Featherweight paper.
  • La Connaissance du soir. Paris, Les Éditions du Raisin, 1945, in-4, in leaves, cover on pearly japan paper, publisher's case. First edition. One of the 150 copies on Marais vellum paper, this one reserved to the publisher's wife, Madam J Ricciotto Canudo, with a long hand wirtten dedication from the author.
  • Lettres inédites à poisson d’or. Traduction de Adriano Marchetti. Gravures sur bois de Giampiero Guerri. Cesena, s.é. (chez l’illustrateur), 1997, in-4, in leaves, illustrated cover, hard folder illustrated and signed by the artist. Edition illustrated with 2 original wood engravings numebred and signed by Giampiero Guerri. Limited to 99 copies. Text in French and Italian.

June 02, 2010

Pascal Le Gras : serial offender artist

Born in 1962, Pascal Le Gras, born in 1962, studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Caen and does his first exhibition in 1981 as part of a collective of artists, Expression 14. Joël Hubaut supports his first solo show two years later. Painter and video artist, he is also known for his illustrations of music album covers, including those of post-punk group The Fall. His pictorial universe, influenced by the movement of Free Figuration, lets us see an unpretentious, simple and colourful phantasmagoria.
Based in Paris since 1987, Pascal Le Gras multiplies collaborations. He publishes in 2006 a book with Michel Bulteau: Contreblasons . His work is closely tied to music.

More informations on Pascal Le Gras website & Facebook's page.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Le Gras (Pascal) - Bulteau (Michel). Contreblasons. L’Hay-les-Roses, Aux dépens de deux amateurs : Alain-Paul Diaz et François Gleize, 2006, in-4, in leaves, covers. First edition with three original compositions by Pascal Le Gras. Limited to 40 copies on Rives paper, signef by the author and the artist.