NEW, still in shrink wrap. 4to. 175pp. Red cloth hardcover with gilt spine titles, wrapped in a jacket illustrated with one of the eponymous monkeys. It is uncommon to find this title new, unopened and in its original shrink-wrap. A dazzlingly illustrated exploration of the fantastical monkey motifs prevalent in eighteenth century France. Garnier-Pelle expertly traces the evolution of the motif into a distinct genre known as singerie (from the French word ‘singe’ meaning monkey) during the exuberant Rococo period. The designer and engraver Jean Berain (1640-1711) was the first to insert monkeys into scenes of Renaissance grotesque decoration. However it was Christophe Huet (1700-1759), an acclaimed painter of animals and the principal focus of the text, who produced the best-known surviving examples of singeries for the Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris. In his whimsical paintings monkeys, acting as surrogates for the chateau’s aristocratic occupants and guests, are shown singing and dancing, bathing, hunting boar, and sledding on the frozen lake. A wonderful book devoted to a perhaps overlooked subject matter in the history of art and illustration. NEW. Hard to find in better condition.
GARNIER-PELLE, Nicole; FORRAY-CARLIER, Anne; ANSELM, Marie-Christine, The Monkeys of Christophe Huet: Singeries in French Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011
SKU: 034827 Categories: Art, Illustration Tags: Animation, ape, arts, cartoon, christophe, Christopher, Decorative, Donkey, getty, hue, huet, hueth, Illustration, John, kong, monkey, monkeys, Museum, Paul, singe, singerie