MIRÓ
A Toute Épreuve
ELUARD

Cramer, Geneva, 1958
Miró created illustrations for more than sixty books, some with only one or two images. His masterpiece is A Toute Épreuve, arguably the most beautiful of all Modern Illustrated Books. Splendid color woodcuts cover every page of the book, the poetry of Eluard not intrusive in any manner. The genius of Miró is displayed here in remarkably varied ways. There are 130 copies, 10 x 13 inches, A Toûte Épreuve towers above a long list of other Miró-illustrated books. It is a most important book in the history of Modern Illustrated Books. Miró worked in etching, lithography and woodcut. Many Modern Illustrated Books have been reproduced, available at nominal cost. The fascimile copy of A Toute Épreuve is the book most faithful in color and printing quality to the original. It is worthwhile purchasing.

An early example of his work is Enfances by George Hugnet with etchings. published in 1933. Later books include Parlez Seul by Tristan Tzara, Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, Fissures by Michael Leiris, Nous Avons by Renè Clar, Album 19 by Raymond Queneau, La Bague d'Aurore by Renè Crevel, Le Lezard au Plumes by Joan Miró and Courtesan Grotesque by Monluc.

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