Panorama de la Côte
Panorama de la Côte

[PANORAMA]. EXTER, Alexandra (illustrator). Marie COLMONT (text by). Panorama de la Côte.

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[PANORAMA]. EXTER, Alexandra (illustrator). Marie COLMONT (text by). Panorama de la Côte. Paris; Albums du Père Castor. 1938.

4to. Original pictorial boards, illustrated to both covers, opening to reveal a glorious 10-panel lithographed panorama depicting an unfolding, and dramatic, French coastal scene in vibrant colours which includes a port, marina, beach scene, seascape, agricultural scene, sailing scene and fishing village, with text in French to the reverse enlivened by further lithographs in grey and black; a lovely example of a scarce item with shelf-rubbing to edges and corners, one short (14mm) closed tear with small associated scuff to top edge of second panel, now invisibly repaired to the reverse, and one barely noticeable 40mm closed tear to top edge at a fold, equally skilfully repaired.
First edition. One of the most successful artist-designed graphic works for children of this period. This is one of three such panoramas by Alexandra Exter. The other two are and Panorama du Fleuve (1937) and Panorama de la Montagne (1938), both published by Flammarion. The Russian emigrée artist Alexandra Exter fled the Russian Revolution in 1924 to settle in Paris with her husband. There she became one of the most influential avant-garde female artists of her day, becoming friends with creatives like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braques and Gertrude Stein.