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Mackbeth - Macbeth

Artist’s Name
Author’s Name
Edition
Marcel Gromaire (1892-1971)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
1958, Paris
Translator’s Name: François-Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Printed in one volume, size 39 x 29 εκ.
The font of the text is ‘romain du roi’, which was inscribed by Grandjean in the 17th century
20 original oxygraphs
Published on ‘vélin de Rives’ paper:
  • 180 copies, numbered 1-180
  • 20 copies, off the market, numbered I-XX
The French painter, Marcel Gromaire, had expressed the wish to illustrate an edition of Tériade on Mackbeth (1606), written by William Shakespeare. Initially, even though Tériade was against illustrations, which reminded him of books that involved engraving, as well as the fact that he insisted on a coloured version, he finally gave in and accepted to materialize this ambitious project. The choice of black and white gravure was the only material that would have enabled him to reach the necessary, characteristic austerity creating an ideal unity with the text.

Gromaire basing his illustration with consistency and honesty on the text, he creates only the essential images, which would allow the written text to have the primary role. The close-ups, his relatively flat images, the geometric shapes which are adapted according to the figures, in combination with his black, ill-omened line, give his illustrations a sense of sincerity. This sincerity assists the viewer to experience Shakespeare’s world of witches from up close. Every image seems to be in motion from the intensity and feelings that emerge from the tragedy of Mackbeth.