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Un Jardin d'Hiver

Broodthaers, Marcel

Brussels & London. Sur les Presses de l'Imprimerie J. Paeshuys ... for Société des Expositions & Petersburg Press. 1974
A good copy of Broodthaers' artist book 'Un Jardin d'Hiver' with the original portfolio.

From the edition limited to 120 copies, each numbered and signed with initials by Broodthaers in red ink to final leaf; he has also initialled the first page in the same red ink.

'Selon le point de vue de l'auteur et le mien il pourrait servir de commentaire au décor 'Un Jardin d'Hiver' planté en janvier 1974 au Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles'. (From Gevaert's introduction / colophon).

Broodthaers’ installation of a winter garden in the museum in Brussels included palm trees, folding chairs and natural history prints. The pictures showed representations which seemed to have been taken from zoological and botanical encyclopaedias of the 19th century, displayed either in picture frames hung on the wall or in horizontal wooden showcases, as for the exhibits in science museums. The four colour lithographs in this artist book are taken similarly from earlier colour-plate bird books.

[Jamar 41; Ceuleers 42; Werner 18; Künstler Bücher 16; Das Archiv Sohm 309].
[14 doubled leaves; pp. 28]. Square 8vo. (200 x 200 mm). Leaf with introduction / collophon in French by Gevaert and initialled by Broodthaers in red recto, verso and following leaves with reproduction of various font samples, two central leaves with colour lithographs recto and verso, following leaves with reproduction of various font samples, final leaf verso with colophon / introduction in English by Gevaert and initialled and numbered by Broodthaers in red ink; copyright to foot of inner front wrapper, pagination throughout in red. Original publisher's printed wrappers with cloth-tape spine as issued, titles in red and black and monochrome illustrations to front and rear covers, original white card folder with title to front cover and achevé d'imprimer to rear.

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