BRUNELLESCHI, Umberto (Illustrator). "Les Masques et les Personnages de la Comédie Italienne ". Paris: Aux Bureaux du Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1914. [15" x 20"]. ex no 309/415. Comprising a stunning collection of 12 full-page pochoir plates, Les Masques et les Personnages de la Comedie Italienne is widely regarded as Umberto Brunelleschi's finest work. The artist's strong Florentine influences are evident in his depiction of the traditional characters of the Commedia dell'Arte, including Scaramouche, Pierrot and Harlequine. The compositions feature dramatically costumed characters in the foreground set against whimsically rendered “stage-sets,” with distant landscapes in silhouette, expansive garden scenes, and grand palaces. One of the most important and rarest portfolios of the Art Deco period. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Les Masques et les Personnages de la Comédie...
Publisher: Aux Bureaux du Journal des Dames et des Modes
Publication Date: 1914
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Paris Aux Bureaux du Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1914. Folio (39 x 52 cm). No. 22 of 415 copies on arches paper. Half-title, title,  pp. introduction, index, 12 colour pochoir plates; two small defects to blank margin of last plate. Contemporary half vellum, title in black and red and vignette painted on spine, upper wrapper bound in; slightly rubbed, lower margin of wrapper slightly cut. A fine example complete with a full set of 12 engraved plates by Reidel after Brunelleschi, depicting theatrical characters including Harlequin, Scaramouche and Pierrot. The colourful costumed characters are shown on the foreground against imaginative stage sets with the outlines of luxurious Florentine palaces and gardens. This is an early work by the Italian painter and stage designer Umberto Brunelleschi (1879 – 1949), who was also well known for his illustrations in the Gazette du Bon Ton and the Journal des Dames et des Modes. Colas 1499; Hiler 740. Seller Inventory # 94736