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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Alméry Lobel-Riche, Charles Baudelaire, 1921

I'll try to present here just a few of Baudelaire's poems, along with some illustrations to them: to meditate the senses of the verses also by looking for the effect they had on some visual artists from different periods of last century. The idea came by looking in a great blog that I discovered recently: Adventures in the Print Trade. I found there the images and extremely interesting notes.

Alméry Lobel-Riche illustrated Poil de Carotte by Jules Renard in 1901, La Main Gauche by Maupassant in 1904, Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal in 1921. In 1927 he created 48 etchings to illustrate the tales of Poe. He also illustrated Pierre Louÿs's Chansons de Bilitis, as well as Flaubert's Salammbô.

As for Henry Chapront, the blog that I mentioned talks more about him: the most authentically Symbolist of these is probably a portfolio of etchings and wood engravings by Henry Chapront illustrating the poem Le Voyage; Chapront was born in 1876, and enrolled at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris at the age of just 16; he was welcomed into the decadent world of the Symbolists, becoming friends with Alfred Jarry and mixing with writers such as Verlaine, Huysmans, and Remy de Gourmont, and artists such as Félicien Rops, Modigliani, and Toulouse-Lautrec; although Henry Chapront lived until 1965, his work as whole is completely imbued with the glamorous decadence of the fin-de-siècle.

Henry Chapront, Charles Baudelaire, 1922

(Le Parnasse des Lettres)



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