Paris: Pierre Lecuire
The Russian-born painter Lanskoy (1902-1976) illustrated this poem by Lecuire by creating a series of 24 collages (23 plates and the cover) which were then masterfully rendered in pochoir by Maurice Beaufumé, under the painter's personal supervision. Reminiscent of Matisse's late manner, these full-page back to back flamboyant plates contrast with text pages which were photographically enlarged and printed without paragraphs, margins or hyphenation, so as to resemble "typographical walls." Lanskoy's first work for a book, Cortège is considered one of the finest examples of the art of pochoir, alongside Matisse's Jazz. Printed on Arches vellum paper, this example is in very good condition save for the usual offsetting of some of the plates onto the adjacent text page, not affecting the images.