Vaslav Nijinsky. Six Vers de Jean Cocteau. Six Dessins de Paul Iribe.Paris : 1910 Stock Code: 136928
NotesFirst edition, limited to 1,000 copies on Japon, this one of 934 standard copies, inscribed by the illustrator recto of the limitation leaf; "A Madame Suzanne Süe, son admirateur et son ami respecueux, Paul Iribe, Août 1910". Cocteau's pair of Nijinsky-inspired poetic triplets are broken down into single lines as "captions" to Iribe's Beardsleyesque illustrations. "Nijinsky fascinated Cocteau most on account of his potent mixture of animality and fragility, at once desirable and androgynous, half-angel and half-leopard. He presented for Cocteau. He presented for Cocteau a unique, hybrid spectacle of desire, pain and sacrifice. In this little known volume Cocteau signed a veritable love letter to Nijinsky " (Williams, Jean Cocteau, p.46).
Paul Iribe (1883-1935) worked in Hollywood during the Twenties and was Coco Chanel's lover from 1931 to his death. He came to prominence when couturier Paul Poiret utilised his fluid, decorative line to create a modern style of fashion plate, subsequently collected in the volume Les Robes de Paul Poiret racontée par Paul Iribe. These images of uncorseted young women enjoying the luxurious pastimes of the affluent were contentious, Cocteau remarking in Portraits-Souvenirs that "Iribe's album disgusts mothers". The recipient of this copy was the wife of Louis Süe, painter, architect and interior designer. Süe visited Vienna with Poiret in 1910 and was inspired by the Wiener Werkstätte to create a similar design collective, being one of the cofounders of L'Atelier Français in 1912, later establishing the Compagnie des arts français with André Mare. A most attractive association.
Quarto ( 300 x 310 mm). Publisher's silk-tied light card wraps printed in red and black.
6 plates from line drawings by Iribe.
Some wear and soiling to the wrappers, with scratches to the back wrapper and a light corner crease (not affecting the illustrations.)
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