Bracquemond (Félix)

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Bracquemond (Félix)
Ɵ Du dessin et de la couleur. Charpentier & Cie, Paris, 1885. First edition (19 x 12 cm). Binding: Bradel-style boards of slightly later marbled paper. Letter to philologist Ernest Courbet thanking him for having "been able to unravel the cahos [sic] of this essay" by Bracquemond on his landmark work on color and drawing, which is believed to have been the trigger that moved Van Gogh from his dark compositions to his bright palette after 1885. Félix Bracquemond (1833-1914) was not only the unfortunate author of the frontispiece to the second edition of Les Fleurs du Mal ("Bracquemond's horror" wrote Baudelaire), but also one of the great promoters of the printmaking revival in France, of which he was the main theorist. A founding member of the Société des Aquafortistes, he was also one of the spearheads of Japonism, from the mid-1850s onwards, notably through the prints of Hiroshige and Hokusai. He took part in the first Impressionist exhibition at Nadar's in 1874, and all Impressionist printmakers were guided by him. His work on the symbolic interaction of color and drawing, which remains a masterpiece of its kind, was one of Van Gogh's bedside books, decisively inspiring him in the use of color that characterizes his work of the last two or three years. The philologist Ernst Courbet was the author of a famous unknown Montaigne. He advised and helped Bracquemond, who was not at first a writer, to "untangle the chaos" of his essay and make it presentable to the reader. Provenance: Ernest Courbet.
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