Sainte-Étienne: Les Cahiers de l’Atelier, 1955. Item #426
8vo. 240 x 190 mm. (9 ½ x 7 ¼ inches). Original stiff wrappers decorated with the design of woodcut artist at work; with protective glassine wrapper. Illustrated with a pochoir-printed frontispiece in red, blue, yellow and green; linocuts in black ink throughout the text. With an original linotype of a flower printed in black ink laid in.
First edition, one of 150 numbered copies printed for the “les Amis de l’Atelier”. Under the direction of Gérard Blanchard, Anne-Marie Blaizot, Charles Rambaud, Angela Medici and Marcel Jacno, the Cahiers de l’Atelier devoted much of its time and energy to teaching children the techniques of the graphic arts.
This work, Gravures d’enfants, is illustrated throughout with images and designs by the students of the atelier and brought to life in the form of linocuts, with the help of this distinguished staff.
The work is illustrated with 63 linotypes in black ink, a full-page pochoir in four colors, and a single leaf linotype laid in. The images reflect the imagination of the children, and fall into categories of nature, science, home life, religious life, and child’s play. The linotypes reflect the simple applications of line, some exquisitely executed and some more crudely applied. The book is a wonderful example of children expressing themselves though the medium of the graphic arts.