Pierre Legrain
  • 3Daphne 29 x 24 in. Unframed


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  • Limited edition of 25
  • Each print is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity
  • Archival inks and archival paper
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This limited edition large format giclée print of a leather book cover by Pierre Legrain for “Daphne” is made from a photographic plate that appeared in appeared in a 1934 edition of “L’illustration” magazine a leading cultural publication of the time that covered the work of prominent artists and writers. A copy of “Daphne” is in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library. Other copies are believed to be in private collections.

This wonderfully poetic scape of geometric patterns is signature Pierre Legrain. His designs are almost always abstract and linear, with the letters of his book titles often serving as ornamental motif. Legrain employed leather as well as unexpected materials with unusual tones with great success.

Alfred de Vigny wrote Daphne in 1837 yet it went unpublished until the 1920s. It was a novel that among other things, included themes of artists and their role in society, and the power of symbols in expressing ideas and is known as perhaps the most ambitious work of one of the giants of nineteenth-century French literature.

Legrain was a renowned book and interior designer. He designed prolifically over a relatively short time, establishing a style of design whose success helped inspire the rebirth of modern bookbinding.