Cahun, Claude. AVEUX NON AVENUS.; ILLUSTRÉ D'HÉLIOGRAVURES COMPOSÉES PAR MOORE D'APRÈS LES PROJETS DE L'AUTEUR. Preface by Pierre Mac Orlan. Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1930. First edition. 8 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches in red and black printed wrapper covers. First Edition. #78 of 500. 241 pp., 10 plates of photomontages. A beautiful Near Fine copy of this important and unusual Surrealist inspired book which contains the only self-portrait photographs every published by the author. "Cahun was born in Nantes as Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob. She began making photographic self-portraits as early as 1912 (aged 18), and continued taking images of herself through the 1930s. Around 1919, she changed her name to Claude Cahun, after having previously used the names Claude Corlis (after the curlew) and Daniel Douglas (after Lord Alfred Douglas). During the early 1920s, she settled in Paris with her lifelong partner and step-sibling Suzanne Malherbe, who adopted the only slightly less equivocal pseudonym "Marcel Moore". For the rest of their lives together, Cahun and Malherbe collaborated on various written works, sculptures, photomontages and collages." (Wikipedia) Her focus on gender and the fluidity thereof and on exotic and erotic autobiographical self-portraiture is often cited for having influenced modern artist/photographers such as Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman. In 2007 David Bowie organized an exhibition of Cahun's work in New York City and commented on the artist: "You could call her transgressive or you could call her a cross dressing Man Ray with surrealist tendencies. I find this work really quite mad, in the nicest way.Outside of France and now the UK she has not had the kind of recognition that, as a founding follower, friend and worker of the original surrealist movement, she surely deserves. Meret Oppenheim was not the only one with a short haircut. Nothing could better do this, I thought, than to show her photographs through the digital technology of the 21st century and in a setting that embraces the pastoral sanctuary of her last years."
Only minimal rubbing/wear at head and tail of spine; otherwise a Fine copy in a custom woven cloth clamshell box with a printed paper spine label.
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