Aurier (Gabriel-Albert)

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Aurier (Gabriel-Albert)
Ɵ Œuvres Posthumes. Mercure de France, Paris, 1893. Introduction by Remy de Gourmont. Illustrated with drawings by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Sérusier, Paul Vogler, Émile Bernard and Jeanne Jacquemin. In the 50 first copies, etching portrait of the author by A. M. Lauzet and two original lithographs by Henry de Groux and Eugène Carrière (in three states in the 10 japon, in one state in the 40 hollande, and absent in the 209 sur vélin teinté). First edition (24.6 x 16 cm). Binding: Bradel-style half vellum, red morocco title-piece with gold titling, cover and spine preserved. A very rare first copy, one of 10 on japon impérial with all the states of the engravings, of this work in which the first study of van Gogh ever published in a book appeared, three years after his death. The book, the third in the Mercure de France series, published by subscription, brought together a year after Aurier's death at the age of 27 (1865-1892) a selection of poems, prose and plays, a novel (Ailleurs), and above all the remarkable art chronicles that made the author's reputation in the press. It is preceded by a notice by Remy de Gourmont and a lintel headband by Léon Bloy, which would be reprinted in 1900 in Je m'accuse. Co-founder of the Mercure de France, Aurier wrote the artistic column there until his death in October 1892. His reviews also appeared in Le Moderne illustré, which he founded in 1889, and La Revue indépendante. Among those included here, two are of capital importance in the history of art: the very first in-depth article devoted to Van Gogh, published as a pre-original in 1890, and the article on Le Symbolisme en peinture: Paul Gauguin, published in 1891. The other articles are devoted to Impressionism (Monet and Renoir), Neo-Impressionism (Pissarro), Raffaëlli, de Groux, Carrière, Henner, Monticelli and Meissonier (whom he criticizes). The drawing of van Gogh on page 203 is the very first reproduction of one of his works in a book. When Aurier died at the age of 27, Gauguin wrote to his friend Monfreid: "Poor Aurier is dead. We are decidedly unlucky. Van Gogh, then Aurier, the only critic who understood us well and who one day would have been very useful to us." Provenance: Private collection.
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