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La Naissance du jour


Henri Flammarion. 1942

21 original etchings - limited edition of 275 copies

"Famous publisher Henri Flammarion, who later became a very close friend of mine, contacted me and asked me if I could stand in for a temperamental etcher at a moment's notice and illustrate "Break of day" by Colette. The etcher had quit. I left to Saint-Tropez, discovered the gorgeous Villa Rose and came back to Paris with many detailed preparatory drawings. When I met Colette, she was sick and in bed in her apartment in Paris near Palais Royal. It was moving and unforgettable..."