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GILL, Eric. Twenty-Five Nudes Engraved by Eric Gill. With an introduction. New York: The Devin-Adair Company Publishers, (1950). First American Edition. "Printed in Great Britain at the Temple Press, Letchworth, Herts". Pp. (64). Unpaginated. Illustrated with line drawings against black backgrounds. 8vo (147 x 228 mm), red cloth, with gilt initials to front board, gilt lettering to spine.
Arthur Eric Rowton Gill, A.R.A. (b. February 22, 1882, Brighton – d. November 17, 1940, Hillingdon, London).
"Drawings are ends, not means, and even studies and sketches should be thought of as worth doing for themselves. [...] For the training of imagination is the first thing to be seen to, & that is best achieved by life and experience; and in order to make this particular thing, this construction of lines derived from the sight of human limbs and bodies, the artist is more dependent upon his life and experience than he is in any other business. We are creatures who know and will and love. What do we know and will and love? Whatever else may be said, we know and desire and love one another in a physical manner. There is no escape from this and no denying it. Does anyone want to escdape or deny? Perhaps the Buddhists want to escape; perhaps the Puritans would deny. But the rest of us accept the fact and are glad.
Drawings of the nude, therefore, have a special place in human affairs and a special veneration, and as human life is not all a matter of tears and sighs, but also, and equally and even more importantly, a matter of laughter, there is naturally a comic side to all this. [...]
I do not claim that the twenty-five nudes which follow are good examples of drawing. Curates' eggs are the commonest objects of the countryside. I only hope that some of them will be found pleasing and that other and better draughtsmen will follow my example and produce books of life-drawings which are ends in themselves & not mere studies by the way." - from the artist's introduction.
Very good in lightly nicked dustjacket. A lovely copy. 280.00
Title: 25 [Twenty-Five] Nudes Engraved by Eric Gill. First American Edition, Devin-Adair Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Devin-Adair, New York, 1950,: 1950
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