Surreal Times. The abstract engravings and wartime letters of John Buckland Wright.
Surreal Times is a beautiful book. It shows John Buckland Wright’s surrealist and abstract works from his period in Paris and London during and just after the Second World War
The Preface is written by Christopher Buckland Wright and Simon Lawrence. The text tells the detailed story of his life in Paris, his work with Roger Lacouriére (1892-1966), Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) and Jozef Hecht (1891-1951) at L’Atelier. These artists are considered to be amongst the most significant printmakers of the 20th century.
This book shows John Buckland Wright’s surrealist work at its best. It considers his compositions, the subject of Metamorphoses in his work, his flight from Paris in 1939 and his return to Paris after the war.
The 16 wood engravings and 12 tipped-in colour plates are superbly printed. The book is printed on mould-made paper.
This is a limited edition, one of 210 copies. Published by the Fleece Press, England, 2000.
The cover is bound in quarter cloth with a patterned design using John Buckland Wright’s initials. The book is housed in a slipcase. This copy of Surreal Times is in excellent condition.