Published by Weert, The Netherlands: Jo Brunenberg Studios, 1990
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Soft cover. Condition: As New. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. 30 pages. Published in 1990. Artist Book. Collection of super-imposed photographs. One of the most beautiful, Conceptually-based erotic art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Artist Book is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Jo Brunenberg: Oversize-volume format. Ribbed cream softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Art by Leonardo da Vinci. Photographic tableaux/superimpositions by Jo Brunenberg. Essay by Willem K. Coumans. The piece is a Dionysian counter-voice to Brunenberg's coolly Apollonian imagery, written as a rhapsody, as delirium and ecstasy, and in a style that fuses Friedrich Nietzsche with Walt Whitman, two of modern art photography's philosophical mentors. Printed on glassine and pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in The Netherlands to the highest standards. The rerpoduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Jo Brunenberg's "Immagini Scoperte". Male nudes, in homage to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, and directly inspired by the artist. Each male nude is superimposed with a sketch from Leonardo's scientific notebooks. Brunenberg appropriates Leonardo's exquisite sketches and poses his full-frontal nude models as though they were interacting with, and in some cases, seemingly completing Leonardo's drawings, in a seamless fusion. One of the most beautiful resulting images is "Camera Obscura", which shows one model taking a photograph of another using Leonardo's imaginary instrument. As is well-known, Leonardo anticipated by more than four hundred years the invention of the camera - and therefore, photography - , among other epochal and visionary achievements of the greatest artist in Western history. "Originating from an interplay with Leonardo's scientific drawings, Emanating from the Human Body, they form a Theatrum Anatomicum of their own, with Man as the Measure of All Things, reaching out for the Light and aware of the Freedom that is close by. Images that are Witness to both Sight and Insight, realized with great precision yet lyrical in content. Head lifted to the heavens, Man stands Radiant and spreads his wings" (Willem K. Coumans, capital letters are all his). In lesser hands, this would all have flopped dismally. Brunenberg's taste, restraint, and conviction make his imagery among the most original, compelling, and unforgettable nudes one will ever see. An absolute "must-have" title for Jo Brunenberg. This title is a late-modern erotic art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Artist Book available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. A rare copy thus. 20 superimposed photographic plates. One of the finest artist/photographers of the male nude of our time. A fine copy. no.