Near Fine. Item #9241
Paris: Musée d’Orsay and Skira-Flammarion, 2011. First Edition. Small Quarto (22x22x2cm); 223pp, including index. Relentlessly and vividly illustrated in over-luscious color throughout. Entirely in French.
Near Fine volume, perused with a very light touch. Nano-signs of edgewear to wrappers; card spine uncreased and uncracked. Textblock unmarred and unmarked.
This is the French re-imagining of the catalog for the exhibit "The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900" first presented at the Victoria and Albert in 2011. It reappeared in a sexier version at the Musée d’Orsay 13 September 2011-15 January 2012 (whence this catalog), and would eventually make its way to San Francisco later in 2012.
Gorgeously reproduced paintings and associated decorative arts from the era of James McNeill Whistler, Aubrey Beardsley, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Mr. Wilde himself. A certain amount of ostentatious, yet somehow allowable, nudity, since the eros-afflicted women and eros-inspiring men who served as models are often garbed in retro-classical or pseudo-Renaissance garments that have a peculiar knack for falling off.