Mens en Masker (Man and Mask)
Gouda: Drukkerij v/h Koch & Knuttel, 1959. First edition. Softcover. Large quarto (11 3/4 x 8"). Unpaginated. pp + 3 transparent colored acetate pages. Original photo-illustrated wrappers. Illustrated title page.
This splendidly produced booklet was intended as a promotional New Year's gift of publisher Koch & Knuttel, in Gouda, Holland, the hometown of photographer and designer Piet Marée who designed the said booklet.
This work contains 9 full-page b/w photographic reproductions of artwork by Belgian Avant-gardist artist Pierre Toebente (1919-1997) whose entire oeuvre addresses only one major theme, namely the human being, of which he chose three aspects: the female body, the child, and the mask.
Eight of the nine artworks featured in this booklet are wooden masks, and the last one depicts a female torso, also executed in wood.
Photographs and book design by the famed Dutch graphic designer Piet Marée (1903-1999).
Minor shelf wear along edges of wrappers. Little discoloration spot at upper margin of half-title. Text in Dutch. Wrappers in overall good to good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43760