Correspondances. Poèmes par André Salmon. Images par Étienne Farkas. Étienne Farkas, André Salmon, István Farkas.
Correspondances. Poèmes par André Salmon. Images par Étienne Farkas.
Correspondances. Poèmes par André Salmon. Images par Étienne Farkas.
Correspondances. Poèmes par André Salmon. Images par Étienne Farkas.
Correspondances. Poèmes par André Salmon. Images par Étienne Farkas.
One of the Fifteen Signed Copies, Printed on Japan Paper

Correspondances. Poèmes par André Salmon. Images par Étienne Farkas.

Paris: Éditions des Chroniques du jour, 1929. First edition. Limited, numbered, one of the fifteen copies printed on Japan paper, signed by both authors. Text in French. The illustrated plates are signed by Farkas (except for no. 6). Plates are numbered on the verso. Page size: ca. 305 × 420 mm. Composition size varies, approx. 220 × 290 mm. In publisher’s cloth-covered folder, with printed title vignette on the front panel. 20 plates (10 coloured pochoir plates; and 10 with printed text of which one is missing), bundled separately into two printed bifolios (with title, and with Salmon’s text). Folder worn, title vignette damaged, one of the flaps torn. One text plate (no. 4) is missing. One illustrated plate (no. 6) printed on different paper. The illustrated plates no. 4., 5., 8 are bumped at upper right corner, no. 7 at lower left; no. 5 with two light, tiny brown blots at the margin. Overall in good, very good condition.

Luxury edition of István Farkas’ scarce modernist portfolio which he created together with the French art critic and poet, André Salmon.

The portfolio, which got its title after Baudelaire’s eponymous poem, contains the reproductions of ten tempera paintings by the Hungarian painter, István Farkas (1887–1944), along with the reproductions of the manuscripts of André Salmon’s poems, which he wrote for Farkas’s pictures.

Farkas created the body of work for this portfolio over the course of four years that he spent in Paris between 1925–1929. His exotic still lives were created in a unique style which Farkas developed while turning from synthetic cubism towards a surrealist world. The finest examples of his endeavour are his “sous-marin” compositions, some of which are also featured in Correspondaces, in which he evoked a mysterious, underwater world. André Salmon who was also the monographist of Farkas stressed the painter’s “ability to express dreams with the most complete symbols of reality" and wrote that "Farkas is unlike anyone else. He comes from one school only: his own.”

The fine quality illustrated plates were printed in the workshop of Jean Saudé, one of the greatest masters of the pochoir technique of the time.

István Farkas was a Jewish-Hungarian painter, who started his career in Nagybánya, the cradle of modern Hungarian painting. He continued his studies in Paris at the Académie de La Palette before World War I and entered the circle of the Cubists painters. After the war, he returned to Paris in 1925 where he became part of the art scene at the Café de la Rotonde, and one of the prominent Eastern European painters in the École de Paris. In the interwar period, Farkas created a remarkable body of work and had several solo exhibitions in Paris, Belgium and Budapest. He was regularly featured at Marcelle Berr de Turique's legendary Galerie Le Portique, along with Matisse, Chagall, Modigliani, and Utrillo. After his father’s death in 1932, Farkas moved back to Budapest where he continued to paint besides running the family publishing house. Despite his friends urging him to flee, Farkas remained in Budapest even after the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944. A month later he was arrested and deported to Auschwitz where he was killed. Farkas' work was rediscovered by the art community outside Hungary in the mid-‘80s. Since then, he has been the subject of many exhibitions including solo shows in Rome, New York and Amsterdam.

André Salmon (1881–1969) was a French poet, art critic and writer. He was an early defender of Cubism, and one of the most important critics of the first half of the twentieth century in Paris. Besides working for newspapers and magazines, he also pursued a career as a poet.

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Price: €10,000.00