La liberté des mers
Author: Pierre Reverdy (1889 - 1960)
Artist: Georges Braque (1882 - 1963)
Lithographs around or in the text
Braque's lithographs are calm, full-page illustrations in pastel tints. On some text pages, decorations were applied in black and green, which are darker, with a more intense atmosphere, and which were printed using a special process by printer Mourlot frères. Braque's lithographs appear to limit themselves modestly to the background in order to emphasize the text, which is a combination of prose and poetry, based in part on poems that had been published previously.
But at some points in the book, Braque's images penetrate the text. The poem 'Mirage' (Rain), for instance, is illustrated with the drops of a rain shower, and whoever reads the lines 'Il ne pleut plus que sur les arbres et sur ma tête' will experience a disruptive virtual rain shower by the vertical lines that run through the letters and lines: 'It is only raining on the trees and on my head.'