Sablons (Isere): Moly-Sabata, 1937. With 12 full-page illustrations. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Albert Gleizes. In publisher’s printed wrappers. 189, (7) p., and three plates (one double page). Artistically restored. In very good condition.
Inscribed first edition of the self-published book of Gleizes. Albert Gleizes (1881–1953) was the co-founder and one of the most important representatives of synthetic cubism. He founded the artist’s colony Moly-Sebata, named after the house that gave home to it in Sablons, in 1927. After serving in the First World War Gleizes’ interest increasingly turned towards religious topics. In the 1920s and 1930s, he devoted much of his energy to writing. His 1937 book, Homocentrisme or the Return of the Christian Man Followed by the Rhytme of Visual Arts is one of his last published works. It contains illustrations by Gleizes himself as well as from Titian, Michelangelo, and reproductions of other various religious artworks, such as a Chinese statue of Buddha.