Accompanying a major exhibition, this book brings together around ninety of Victor Hugo’s most significant works on paper. It features previously unpublished drawings and insightful texts that reveal the author’s extraordinary talents as a draftsman. Remarkably spontaneous and receptive to the myriad possibilities of medium and materials, Hugo produced experimental and enigmatic compositions, from haunting renditions of castles and ruins to ethereal and abstract forms and stains. The essays in this volume place his drawings within the context of artistic movements in nineteenth-century France, closely examine his cosmic landscapes and visions of the night, and analyze a central pair of opposing forces in his work—stones and stains. This beautifully illustrated book presents the full breadth of Hugo’s talent and affords greater insight into the creative brilliance that brought forth some of the most indelible stories of all time.
Editors, Cynthia Burlingham and Allegra Pesenti; with contributions by Cynthia Burlingham, Allegra Pesenti, Florian Rodari, and Matthieu Vahanian
10 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.