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A monograph on the artist Gus Bofa (1883-1968) featuring over 500 illustrations. Fully a third are previously unpublished drawings and more than half of the works are reproduced from the originals. Bofa reminds me of Albert Hurter.

From the publisher:

A magnificent biography of the artist written by Emmanuel Pollaud-Dulian. It reveals the man as in his personal life and artistic beginnings of the illustrated book, which allowed between the two wars, artists to design a means of expression in its own right. Fully a third of this beautiful volume consists of previously unpublished drawings and more than half of the works are reproduced from the originals. The 2014 Angoulême Festival devoted an exhibition to Gus Bofa entitled Gus Bofa, Farewell to Arms.

Born in 1883, died in 1968, Gus Bofa crossed two centuries, lived through two world wars and saw the invention of the automobile, aviation and space exploration. Over a fifty-year career, this self-taught artist drew for the press, made advertising posters, wrote articles and stories, magazines and theater, dramatic and literary criticism, founded an art room, and illustrated more than fifty books.

After illustrating for others, he offered his personal, sometimes acid, vision. He combines his own texts and drawings in a series of albums, often introspective, always disillusioned. Respected by his contemporaries for his talent and his intransigence, Gus Bofa, who influenced many cartoonists, is now mostly forgotten by the public. This biography, the first to be devoted to him, tries to unravel the mystery of the man and the artist, his life, his work and his times.

Text in French.


Gus Bofa
Emmanuel Pollaud-Dulian

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Very Fine/Very Fine



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Physical Description

11.25 inches
8.5 inches
552 pages
over 500 color and black & white illustrations

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