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Christian Berard: Eccentric Modernist

Christian Berard: Eccentric Modernist

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Christian Berard: Eccentric Modernist

W022440 | $75.00 / 20% library disc.

Flammarion, Paris, 2020.

168 pp. 145 ills. 22 x 15 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9782080204035

Due date: October 2021. Publisher's description: Christian Berard (1902-1949) was a multidisciplinary artist whose talents can't be associated with a single school or style; his work sheds irreducible light onto his era, which continues to captivate today. Berard painted ethereal figures and sublimated his high-fashion illustrations with a sharp and witty hand. He lived passionately and sought out enchantment in all forms -- from high society to city life, fashion to theater, and stage-set design to interiors. He lived with the Russian poet, dancer, and librettist Boris Kochno, collaborated with creative powerhouses such as Jean-Michel Frank, Christian Dior, George Balanchine, and Elsa Schiaparelli, and designed rugs by Cogolin for Nelson Rockefeller. Drawn to theater and inspired by the classical world, he worked with Louis Jouvet and Jean Cocteau, creating the production design and costumes for Cocteau's masterpiece Beauty and the Beast. A regular at cafe society events, he contributed to and designed covers for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. This book, illustrated primarily with works from private collections, celebrates Berard's vision -- oscillating between seriousness and light, melancholy and joie de vivre, nostalgia and revival --
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