Paris: G. Crès & Cie, 1927. Limited First edition. Softcover. 1/1100. Quarto (10 1/2 x 7 1/2"). , III, , 597, pp (Vol. I); , 747, pp (Vol. II). Uncut. Original glassine over printed dust-jackets and blind wrappers, with color illustration pasted to each front cover. Publisher's device on each title page.
El Greco (1541-1614) was a Cretan-born painter, sculptor, and architect who settled in Spain, where he is still regarded as the first great genius of the Spanish School. He was known as El Greco (the Greek), but his real name was Domenikos Theotokopoulos; and it was thus that he signed his paintings throughout his life, always in Greek characters, and sometimes followed by Kres (Cretan). Because very little was known of his youth, Danish artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen undertook to write this two-volume monograph on the subject.
Lavishly illustrated throughout with 106 tissue-guarded plates in phototype, and hundreds of in-text and full-page b/w illustrations, this work shows the transformation of a Byzantin painter into a European one.
One of 1100 copies, of which this is No. 79.
Glassine mostly torn on both volumes. Dust jackets sunned along spines and edges. Text in French. Glassine in overall poor, DJ in good, wrappers and interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #41180