La grande muraille
Author: Lu Xun (1881 - 1936)
Artist: Shirley Sharoff (*1936)
Publisher: Shirley Sharoff
Texture of bricks
La grande muraille contains eight copper engravings by Shirley Sharoff. The etchings are divided into four or five pieces, their textures mirroring that of bricks. The first four etchings were printed in one colour, first in blue, then in terracotta, brown and purple. The form of the etchings was based on the Great Wall's entry gates. The last four etchings are polychrome: combinations of two different shades, like purple and brown. According to Sharoff, they were parts of the wall that had broken off and were later re-used in other buildings. Sharoff therefore depicts the wall first as an indestructible building, and then as a monument that is slowly being worn down. The etchings therefore support Lu Xun's vision.
Images and films of the KB copy
For an exploration of the KB copy, see Robert Bolick's blog on 'Books on Books': 'Bookmarking Book Art, Learning to readShiley Sharoff's "La grande muraille"' (17 June 2018).
Description: La grande muraille = The great wall = Changchang / Lu Xun ; [8 gravures orig. de] Shirley Sharoff ; [version française réalisée par Michelle Loi ; texte de Lu Xun calligraphié par Zhu Jie]. – [Paris] : [Shirley Sharoff], 1991. – Leporello (35 folio's) ; 25×13 cm
Printer: François Da Ros (tekst) René Tazé (etsen)
Edition: 85 copies
This copy: Number 13 of 75 on Arches apprêté, without suite
Note: Concertina book in altuglas (acrylic glass) cover, with slipcase by Bernard Duval. Signed by the artist. With prospectus.
Bibliography: Bénézit 12-732
Shelfmark: KW Koopm L 508
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