The first illustrated volume of the prose selections, of the complete works of de Musset (1949), consists of the writer’s rebellion-flourish, Confession of a Child of the Century. Accordingly, the text has evoked from our graphic designer some blue-chip nudes and other demonstrations that to be new is to be outrageous.
We won’t argue here about the validity of such a gesture; but we will maintain that the visual output, for the sake of an era undergoing stresses far beyond Age of Enlightenment frivolity, can be well captured in its dignity by the narrative range of Brunelleschi’s designs.
The first vignette seems very tame by 21st century reckoning; but it covers (dubiously, perhaps) stairways to the stars while still rooted in instinctive poise.
Many would say that a bird in a cage is a diminished and unhappy bird. They’ve never carefully watched a canary in a cage.
You will discover that, whereas with the first instalment (as to poetry) of our review of the Brunelleschi-illustrated full output of Alfred de Musset’s writings (1949), the key is of erotic fantasy, with the 3-volume theatre works the priority has shifted to a more mainstream motive.
Our first instance here of Brunelleschi’s remarkable range, as capturing subtle mood, takes us to a melancholy moment of the play, “A Caprice,” where the tone has, accordingly, undergone a rapid change.
In 1995 we trained down from Paris to Versailles early one Sunday morning. There was a market of antiquities, but very few items for us. Almost in desperation about the slim pickings, we did notice and buy a 12-volume, stunning rendition of the complete poems, novels and plays of Alfred de Musset (1810-1857), illustrated, in pochoir style, by that deco dazzler, Umberto Brunelleschi (1879-1949), and published in 1949. This was to be Brunelleschi’s swan song; and de Musset’s career steered a course straight to doom, as befits a Romantic-era notable. But this glowing paper product has much more than that to contribute.
The first episode will pertain to the three (of four—one being sold) poetry volumes, which, like the whole collection, takes as its watchword the title of one of his novels, namely, Confessions of a Child of the Century. Our strategy for presenting this treasure of vintage graphic design will be to note features of the “Confessions” as linked to a glowing pochoir. The opening vision ushers in a poetic dialogue touching upon a “Spanish Chestnut.”
THANKING THE MANY FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SUPPORT !
Perhaps a rather small matter, but a portent of our good fortune in encountering a host of warm and generous associates along our odyssey with vintage graphic art, here was our first purchase, made on July 5, 1986, at a French antique shop in Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty celebrations in full swing and leaving us unable to find art galleries open for business, but instead the establishment of Roland. Our host was accommodating, funny and a lovely change from the denizens of the Gotham art trade.
Here’s a blog regarding Villemot who was our first thrill in vintage posters!
We welcome the World Wide Web in 2000!
Our first sighting of the rich vein of vintage poster art happened in New York City. After many years of cherishing the City as a seductive hub of dance, fine art and literature (the latter area being seen as a market for our wares), we were in a kind of seventh heaven on discovering a new world to explore.
That history provided a special delight when, near the outset of our internet days, the New York Times, Summer, 2001, ran an article about us in their digital design head’s up column, The Circuit Section! Though a website was obviously necessary by the year 2000–when, incidentally, we left our day-jobs to become full-time vintage poster dealers–we were far from internet-savvy and several years passed before, with our third and present webmaster, we were fully en route. Our story today (and again, next week) covers the stages of idesirevintageposters.com
One late evening on arriving at the Torino train station, we were met by five-year-old twin boys each holding their hand made poster. Along with their parents, they treated us not only royally but also stole our hearts for 3 amazing days! As we roamed around the Italian North-West extremities (Castellemonte region) with them (the Swiss Alps always in view), we did delight in their lithos. But even more than that, we felt we had come upon very special humans.
At the time covered by our first I Desire Vintage Posters anniversary blog ( Jan. 31) , we were, on week-days, occupied with jobs and working evenings and weekends with our vintage poster business. It was a fun, busy and challenging time. Our goal was that one day we could begin to focus full-time with I Desire. In the 1990’s our salaries were directed toward building our inventory. We became very active in acquiring part of the still-voluminous cache of lithos to be found at doable prices in Europe. This was very fortunate timing to have begun our business when we did. Our posting today and next week will give a tiny sense of where we’ve been and who we met, to our great-good luck! (The many trips we made extended from 5 weeks to 4 1/2 months.)
Our first scene, in Torino, has been chosen inasmuch as it emphasizes the personal flow of contacts which marked so many of our dealings (and which echoes the nature of our home/ studio situation). Continue reading
On Friday, February 13, 1987 we began our business as I Desire Vintage Posters. During this month, we will be posting several blogs covering a few highlights of the three decades of our business and pleasure activities. Our entryway-visual, showing wonders and beauties of electricity, by that great graphic artist, A.M. Cassandre, gets a bit ahead of itself, inasmuch as we began our business affairs in vintage graphic art with only hard-copy paper advertising and photo prints to alert a hopefully eager world at large. Continue reading
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