ROUAULT
Cirque de L'étoile Filante
ROUAULT

Vollard, Paris, 1938
Although important Modern Illustrated Books, Cirque de L'étoile Filante and Passion by Suares, the best-known books illustrated books by Rouault contain magnificent aquatints (etchings), they cannot be considered vital in the history of Modern Illustrated Books. However, there is no denying that the full-size prints are in bold, strikingly vivid colors and very appealing. These illustrations, as were those of Chagall, attracted art dealers who broke up the books and sold the individual prints separately at high prices, from the sale of which they garnered much greater profits than if they had sold the books as a whole. During the Japanese art boom, both artists became extremely popular, the values deflated when the bubble burst.

Cirque de L'étoile Filante was issued in an edition of two hundred and fifty copies, 13 x17 inches, seventeen color aquatints in full page size and eighty-two wood engravings by Aubert, after drawings by Rouault interspersed throughout the text. Other books by Rouault were the above-mentioned Passion, Miserére with text by the artist and Reincarnations du Pere Ubu with text by Vollard.


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