CARNET DU JEUNE DESSINATEUR.
First and only edition; uncommon. A very well preserved series of drawing exercises lithographed by the artist Bellanger for the use of children. Bellanger stresses that these exercises should serve only as a guide and not as models to be followed rigidly. The plates illustrate a wide range of objects, from instruments to be used; to line studies; leaf patterns; geometrical patterns; simple perspective with utilitarian objects; shadowing with use of crayons; basic ornaments; household objects; fruits, animals; and objects of increasing complexity. Each plate bears titles in French and in Spanish; the introductory sheet is similarly in French and Spanish. Bellanger studied under Alexandre Cabanel and William Bouguereau at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris. A regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon, he also taught drawing at the École Spéciale Militaire de St. Cyr in Brittany. In Brittany, he was influenced by the numerous landscape painters and modernists coming to paint there. After the production of this work, he published a comprehensive art instruction book in 1898 entititled LE PEINTRE: TRAITÉ USUEL DE PEINDRE À L’USAGE DE TOUT LE MONDE. (see Whitmore Janet www. rehs.com/ Camille_ Felix_ Bellanger_Bio.) Of this CARNET, we find two copies in Lyon on OCLC, one incomplete. “Apprendre à voir juste: tout est là.” Loose in original portfolio ( 20.4 x 16 cm), as issued, 1 leaf of introductory text, printed on both sides + 50 lithographed plates, each 20 x 15.4 cm.
In very good condition. Original red pochette or portfolio, in coated stock imitating red leather, with large illustrated printed paper title label on upper cover, label a bit scuffed or worn at edges, but illustration and printed title are very good. Lithographed plates in fine condition.
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