Crystal of the Rose
New York: The Nordness Gallery, 1959. Although this is copy 22/99 of Pereira's hardback poetry volume, of far more significance is the original watercolour on handmade woven paper, and signed by Pereira that accompanies it. The volume of poems was issued with a limitation of 300 numbered, autographed copies. 1-99 had an original watercolour. Although copies of the first 99 can be found for sale, there are no others available with the artwork with it (Or it with the artwork)! Red marbled cloth boards with with black cloth spine and gilt titles. Covered in a protective thick clear plastic cover. Limitation signed and numbered 22 to the last page. The watercolour measures 22.75 cm X 12 cm. This is held in a black protective sleeve, and with protective tissue. This is signed to the bottom edge. Xviii, 63 [iii] pp. 260 x 130 mm (10¼ x 5 inches). Copies of the limited untitled watercolours that accompanied this volume have reached as much as €3,600 ove the last few years, with the average auction price being €1500 for the watercolour alone. Irene Rice Pereira (1902–1971) was an American abstract artist, poet and philosopher who played a major role in the development of modernism in the United States. She is known for her work in the genres of geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction. More than any other member of the American Abstract Artists, Irene Rice Pereira took to heart the principles of the Bauhaus. Assessing its importance, she wrote in 1939 that the Bauhaus "exerted the greatest influence on our entire social order...." Pereira worked in an abstract vein throughout her life. She said abstraction offered "a wider range for experimentation and for clarifying the problems concerning pictorial presentation." Increasingly, though, she attempted to articulate her ideas in poetry and essays, the metaphysical tone of which often obscured rather than clarified her thoughts (with thanks to Smithsonian Institute).
Condition: The watercolour and its protective sleeve are in a very good condition. Colours are still bright. The book is also in fine condition. Internally, there is a little darkening to the page edges, and a small water stain to the top of the rear pastedown.