RAOUL DUFY
Le Bestiaire
APOLLINAIRE

Deplanche, Paris, 1911
Le Bestiaire was another important book in the history of Modern Illustrated Books. There were 122 copies published, 10 x 13 inches,  with a paper cover and signed by Dufy and Apollinaire, close friends. The bold, startlingly black images were influenced by Fauvism. It is similar in format and presentation to L'Enchanteur Pourissant by Derain and Saint Matorel by Picasso. All three books are now difficult to obtain but are essential to a fine collection of Modern Illustrated Books. Dufy was a prolific book artist. Some of the better-known books are Le Poéte Assassiné by Apollinaire, La Belle Enfant by Montfort and Madrigeaux by Mallarmé.











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