Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lévy-Dhurmer's art on book covers

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I've long admired the work of Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, a French symbolist painter active in the 1890's and early 1900's. It's difficult to find art books that include his work, but I've been noticing some of his images adorning book covers. For instance, to the left is an image of Lévy-Dhurmer's painting 'Eve' on the cover of Lilith from Waking Lion Press.

Next we have his portrait of Georges Rodenbach, which adorns Dedalus's edition of Hermann Ungar's The Class:

Speaking of Rodenbach, his classic Bruges-la-Morte (also from Dedalus) has Lévy-Dhurmer's 'Tower in Bruges' on its cover:

Finally, here is 'Silence', which appears on the cover of Timothy Findley's Pilgrim (available from Chapters), published by Harper Perennial (they're now using a different cover):

I've discovered from Melanie Davis, a fellow Torontonian, that Lévy-Dhurmer contributed artwork for books by the French poet Renée Vivien. Ms. Davis includes an image of one such cover on the Renée Vivien site (it appears about 1/4 of the way down).

The results of this Google image search include images of many of Lévy-Dhurmer's paintings. Other sites with his art are on the net.


Anonymous said...

An interesting post - I was not previously aware of Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer.
Thanks for your comment on mine about Proust and the Squid. I agree that reading improves writing style - its essential in fact, as you point out. I don't think this is covered in the book however. There is much about the development of the alphabet and how that relates to different brain activities, but nothing about writing quality or style as such.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to thank you for posting this as well. I saw some of his art in Paris recently and fell in love, I would buy any book published out there- but there is none. Truely unfortunate.