SCARCE ISSUE OF DERRIÈRE LE MIROIR DEVOTED TO ALEXANDER CALDER, WITH SEVEN FULL-PAGE COLOR LITHOGRAPHS
(CALDER, Alexander). Derrière le Miroir: “Oiseleur du Fer.” (Paris: Aimé Maeght, February 1966). Slim folio, contents loose as issued in original lithographic wrappers. $450.
Original issue of Derrière le Miroir, with seven brilliant color lithographs by Calder (including the cover), Calder’s own essay “De l’Art’s Students League aux Totems,” and critical commentary by Prévert, Guppy and Schapiro.
Each issue of Maeght’s Derrière le Miroir was a lavish exhibition catalogue, illustrated with original lithographs. Aimé and Marguerite Maeght delighted in putting artists and poets together, resulting in five different series of poems and prints, employing the best printing-houses in Paris, especially Mourlot. “When the shores of our time have receded too far for anyone to remember, there may well be young people who will find in Derrière le Miroir the chart of several decades— but along the border where art and poetry meet” (François Chapon). All the major 20th-century artists have been represented in the Derrière le Miroir, including Léger, Miro, Braque, Matisse, Giacometti, Chagall, and Calder. Calder’s development into abstraction was largely influenced by the work of Piet Mondrian, from whom Calder adopted a “spartan palette” of brilliant primary colors, black and white. The seven striking lithographs in this issue of Derrière le Miroir reflect this style while intimating the symbolism and movement of Calder’s other work, particularly his wire scultures. This issue also contains a separate gathering of photographs of Calder’s paintings and sculptures, two of which show the artist at work in his studio in Saché. Text in French. A signed limited edition of only 150 copies was issued simultaneously.