Franta: Paintings and Works on Paper [Inscribed to Sondra Lee, with a Full-Page Original Illustration]

Washington DC: Mage Publishers, Inc., 1986. First Trade Edition. The first monograph of Franta's work, tracing "his development from the 1960s, when he first arrived in France, a refugee from Czechoslovakia, up to his recent exhibitions in New York and Paris." A bilingual edition, with 109 illustrations (50 of them in color). A distinguished copy, with a masterful full-page work of art. Provenance: From the library of Sondra Lee. Quarto (28.75cm); full black cloth, with titling and artist's facsimile signature stamped in white on spine and front cover; illustrated endpapers; dustjacket; 143,[1]pp; illus; text is in French and English. Inscribed by the artist to Broadway star Sondra Lee on the first blank page ("Pour Sondra / trés amicalement / Franta / April 87"), beneath a full-page mixed media illustration of two nude figures sitting cross-legged opposite each other. Fine in a lightly shelfworn, Near Fine dustjacket. Laid into this copy is an invitation for the 2001 exhibition Franta: "oeuvres choisies," signed by the artist in teal marker, with two other signed invitations send to Sondra Lee laid in.

Price: $1,500.00

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