The Life of St. Nicholas as transcribed in Pictures and Text by...

The Life of St. Nicholas as transcribed in Pictures and Text by...
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New York: Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, 1996. 8vo, (144 pp.) unpagnated. Illustrated throughout. Original illustrated boards, dust-jacket, as new. Unique copy, signed by Blechman and accompanied by a serigraph image created by Blechman: “I had a book published in 1996, The Life of Saint Nicholas. To publicize the book I created a multicolor serigraph for the publisher to distribute to stores and critics.” The serigraph is signed by Blechman and annotated “a/p”. Robert Delpire wrote of Blechman’s work “The real problem a critic faces trying to characterize the work of R. O,Blechman is how to do it in a word or as a simple description. He escapes all easy classification. Blechman is an illustrator, of course, but what sort of illustration? He’s a humorist, yes, but his humor is so special, his understanding of people and reality so profound and varied, that humor in his work is soon overpowered by emotion. When one realizes, moreover, that in addition to his work as an illustrator, Blechman is also a filmmaker (his spots for Alka Seltzer and Perrier are classics), as well as a poster artist and graphic designer; when one sees his exceptional talent as an author dealing with The Juggler of Our Lady, Franklin the Fly, and Georgie, his work in a variety of genres discourages any simple categorization. R.O. Blechman is like Steinberg and Andre Francois, one of the artists who honor a profession too often undervalued by art critics.” (Item Id: 110630)

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