POUGNY, [Jean], illustrator. Jacques PRÉVERT, preface. ~ Dix Linogravures originales 1914-1920. Paris: [Au Vent d’Arles, 1964
(450 × 320 mm), pp. , plus 10 linocut plates, some pochoir coloured. Loose and uncut as issued in original wrappers. Brown cloth box lettered in white. Fine. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION. Number 39 of 140 copies on vergé ancien (total edition 195). A collection of 10 prints made from the original lino blocks from the studio of the Russian artist Pougny (1892-1956). They were made in St Petersburg and Paris from 1914-1920, and are presented here with a poem by Prévert (‘L’Atelier de Pougny’) printed partly in facsimile of his handwriting. In 1915 Pougny had organised the Tramway 5 and 0.10 exhibitions, which paved the way for the Constructivist movement. These prints were made when Pougny was working in a predominantly Cubist style, seen in their abstract and dynamic depictions of interiors, street-life and musicians playing. He often uses sharp jagged lines and dark planes of colour to create a dizzying perspective of the world around him.