Some Poems of Jules Laforgue by Patrick Caulfield (Edition A)

Patrick Caulfield

Size: 42 x 37 cm

This exquisite bound volume of 22 silkscreen prints from the original limited edition of 200 comes complete with the accompanying six loose screen prints and original leather slipcase. 

Beautifully printed on 200gsm Neobond synthetic paper. 
Limited edition number 20/200. 
Published by Petersburg Press, 1973.

Signed and numbered by the artist, the loose prints are titled: 
Ah! This Life is So Everyday; She Fled Along the Avenue; You'll Be Sick If You Spend All Your Time Indoors; All These Confessions...; Oh Helen, I Roam My Room; She'll Have Forgotten Her Scarf. 

In the late 1960s, when Patrick Caulfield was invited to make a set of screenprints for a limited edition book, he chose the subject matter of the poetry of Jules Laforgue. Caulfield had greatly admired the poetry of Laforgue since his days as a student at the Royal College of Art. Laforgue was born in Motevideo in 1860, but in 1876 moved to Paris where he died in 1887. Laforgue's poetry, at the same time romantic and ironic, was an important influence on such later poets as T.S.Eliot. About the screenprints, Caulfield said: 'The images I produced are complementary images, not illustrations. Some of the connections are a bit tenuous, others are obvious. I tried to image what Laforgue might have been looking at when he thought of the poems, knowing, of course, that certain of the images are totally of another period to Laforgue's lifetime: poetic licence with poetic license.'

Paper size: 40 x 35cm
Outer slipcase size: 42 x 36.5 cm

Condition: Acquired from the archive of the publisher Petersburg Press in very good condition for its age. The outer slipcase has some minor signs of handling, and one small mark on the spine. The inner bound volume and loose prints are also in very good condition as shown.

Printer: Proofed at Advanced Graphics, London; printed at Frank Kicherer, Stuttgart Portfolio 
Box: Rudolf Rieser, Cologne 

International shipping not included; price available on request.
Patrick Caulfield CBE (1936 - 2005) was born in London and was an English painter and printmaker. He reinvigorated the still life genre, depicting everyday objects and interiors in saturated, block colours and simplified black outlines.  He studied at The Chelsea School of Art and The Royal College of Art, and is associated with British Pop Art Movement. During his lifetime he had major retrospectives at the Serpentine Gallery, Hayward Gallery and Tate Gallery. In 2013, a major survey of his work was held at Tate Britain.

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