Sylvie - Sylvie

Artist’s Name
Author’s Name
André Beaudin (1895-1979)
Gérard de Nerval (1805-1855)
1960, Paris
Printed in one volume, size 33,5 x 25,5 εκ.
The font of the text is ‘romain du roi’, which was inscribed by Grandjean in the 17th century
  • 20 coloured off-the-text original lithographs and 14 coloured in the text lithographs
Sylvie is one of the stories of the book Daughters of Fire (Des Filles du Feu, 1854) written by the French author Gérard de Nerval. His writings are full of symbolism and they are mainly inspired by his dreams and fantasies. Sylvie is a narration of the heroine’s mysterious memories of her lost youth and beauty; the narration is done in such a way that her ‘supernatural’ world acquires a mutual and close relationship to the ‘real’ world. The tranquil atmosphere and the infinite sensitivity of Nerval’s work led the known French artist, André Beaudin, to these illustrations. These place the viewer deep into the secrets of the real world as well as that of the imaginary world.

The illustrations of Beaudin are harmonised successfully with the text on account of Beaudin’s simple and instinctive painting. He succeeds in doing this by depicting selected elements of a particular moment or of a description of the novel according to his own emotions. He expresses the Dream and the Unknown without using any misleading or deceptive means; by eliminating the illogical and the irrational, he carries the observer into a world that feels real. In artistic terms, his themes are conveyed by his powerful feelings for nature in combination with some of the principles of cubism as well as implementing his own personal code.