With 30 Magnificent Plates by Théo and F.L. Schmied
Each Plate Signed by Each Artist – One of Only 120 Copies
A Superb Art-Deco Work
Schmied, F. L. [Francois-Louis] Illustrator and Catroux, Monsieur le Gérnéral Georges. Sud-Marocain. Grand-Atlas. Anti-Atlas. Trente planches gravées sur bois en couleur par Théo Schmied d'après les tableaux de son père F.-L. Schmied. Texte de Monsieur le Général catrouz, commnadant la rigion de marrakech (Paris: Théo Schmied, 21 Juin, 1936) Exclusive and limited, First and only edition, one of only 120 copies SIGNED by Théo Schmied on the colophon and by Francois-Louis Schmied and Théo Schmied on each of the plates. The text printed on Japon Extra Barion Moirans paper, the illustrations on Japon Super-Nacr. This is copy 81 of 120. With 30 hand-coloured wood-engraved plates printed by Théo Schmied from the paintings of his father, F.L. Schmied. Each signed by both artist and each with a printed cover-sheet. Folio (412 by 330 mm.), in original wrappers, in an attractive folding case. Printed recto only 24 pp. + 30 plates. Very fine, the wrappers with only some very slight marking, the contents beautiful and as pristine.
A rare and outstanding production from Father and Son Francois-Louis and Théo Schmied. Francois-Louis is recognized as a leading influence in the Art Deco movement, while his son Théo holds an equally important station in the arts of woodcutting and printing and who is credited with having had a keen eye for the Surrealist movement. Together they produced this magnificent work with Théo producing woodcuts from the paintings of his father. The subject is the south of Morocco, the text being provided by the Commandant of the region of Marrakech.
"That what Eugene Fromentin did not translate or could not translate, F.-L. Schmied made with an ease, an amplitude, a truth and a sense of reality that are the signs of its sensitivity and his mastery ... "-General Catroux.
This is a rare and especially fine example of the skills of both Swiss Art Deco painter/illustrator F. L. Schmied and his son, printer/engraver Théo Schmied.