CARNET DU JEUNE DESSINATEUR.
Paris: Librairie Ch. Delagrave 1893. First and only edition; rare. 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 only an incomplete copy located at Lyon in OCLC. 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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