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Berman (Esme)

ALEXIS PRELLER A Visual Biography (Limited edition)

Introduction by Karel Nel

Published: Shelf Publishing, Johannesburg, 2009

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2 volumes: 397 + 283 pages, profusely illustrated with colour and black and white illustrations, pictorial card wrappers (paperbacks) a fine set housed in a laminated slip case which has a small indentation on the back of it.

Volume 1: Africa, the sun and shadows
Volume 2: Collected images

On the inside of the back flaps: No 464 of 1000 copies

Editor's note: This book fills a significant vacuum. Alexis Preller, major South African artist, was born in Pretoria in 1911 and died there in 1975. In all that time and ever since, only one small book - published in 1947 - was devoted to his art... In the course of his forty year career, Alexis Preller achieved national recognition and critical acclaim. Loyal admirers flocked every exhibition by the master artist. Yet, there were also those who were disturbed by his frequently cryptic themes and who denounced his flouting of pictorial convention. Preller’s art in indeed unconventional, distinctly independent, often enigmatic, but it is not impenetrable.'

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Set
  • Size: 4to (220 x 250 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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