Our Current Exhibition:
“Les Fleurs Du Mal”
The French poet Charles Baudelaire had his volume of poems “Les Fleurs du Mal” (The Flowers of Evil) first published in 1857. The volume was a collection of poems he had written in prior years with the intention to call the volume Les Lesbiennes or Les Limbes until a friend suggested Les Fleurs du Mal. Another friend, Auguste Poulet-Malassis, published 1100 copies of the volume and they appeared in Parisian book shops in June 1857. By July the French government condemned the books as immoral and depraved and in August the French Courts acknowledged the literary merits of the book, but ordered 6 of the pieces to be deleted on moral grounds. Over the years the book has been published in many languages throughout the world.
This rare suite of 26 hand colored gravures, touched with gilt, by Andre Domin is 1 of 100 sets edited by Rene Kiefer and released in 1920. Domin studied to be a lawyer, but his love of drawing as a child led him to be a decorator. While he received no formal training in the arts his close friendship with Paul Iribe undoubtedly influenced his decision to turn to the arts. His works were published in the Paris fashion magazine “Feuillets d’art” and in addition to the illustrations for “Les Fleurs du Mal” he also did the illustrations for Baudelaire’s “Les Litanies de la Rose”.