Verve 4

Artist’s Name
Georges Rouault
1938, Paris
This issue contains :
  • Colored paintings’ plates by Rembrandt, Carpaccio, Lucas de Leyde, Rubens, Courbet, Seurat, H. Rousseau, Vuillard, Pascin, Rouault, Miró
  • Colored lithographs by : Dancing (Matisse), Allah ‘s Garden (Derain), Italian Bible of health of 14th century.
  • Miniatures : Τhe Book of Rohan, The Bible of Chasing by Gaston Phoebus, Women Heroes by Oebidius, Triumphs by Petrarcha.
  • Texts by Valéry, Lorca, Reverdy, Suarès, Rouault, Sartre, Supervielle, Michaux, Vollard

These miniatures are inspired from an Italian book on health which offers advice on the use of various animal and plant products necessary to man. The artist uses scenes from the daily life; as for their morphology, the icons are inspired from the art of mural painting. The originals are kept at the National Library, in Paris.

These anonymous miniatures are dated late 15th and early 16th centuries. The women on the illuminations – Faedra, Ariadne and Lucretia – are inspired from Ovid and represent some of the most popular, dramatic and passionate tales of mythology. The originals are kept at the National Library, in Paris.

Count Foix Gaston III (14th century), called Phoebus, wrote this book, a treatise on hunting - the most important sport of his time. The illuminations depict hunting scenes in an era preceding the discovery of gunpowder. Scenes with hunting dogs, traps, animal parts and hunters are harmoniously merging with a text penned by the Count. The originals are now at the National Library, in Paris.

The Book of Hours includes a calendar with illustrations depicting the labors for each month and scenes from the Bible. The originals of these anonymous works are now at the National Library, in Paris.