l’histoire du soldat

For the past eight years I’ve been toying with the notion of an illustrated edition of the libretto by C. F. Ramuz of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.  Here are some monoprints that I made in 2003 as studies for the project.

The Princess Dances

The Princess and the Soldier

The Soldier

The images were drawn in oil-based printing-ink applied with a roller to a glass plate. As the name monoprint suggests, just the one print is possible by this technique, but I love the tonal qualities that result, with the marks of brushes, fingers and the sgraffito needle evident in the finished work

7 thoughts on “l’histoire du soldat

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    • If I ever do the book Zoe… and I hope that I may… the Princess will dance her socks off! The music for that part of the story is quite long, and my intention is to have page after page of her performing as a visual expression of it. The mood is both jazzy and slinky, and so it would be great fun to illustrate those aspects of the piece. I would be a choreographer again!!!

  2. I’ve loved these from the moment I first saw them loose among other work then later pinned to your studio wall; they’d captivate me each and every time as I left the battery. I find them so enchanting, heartfelt and personal. I was surprised and sad when I saw that they were included in the work for your last exhibition, I couldn’t imagine how you could part with them, it meant that not only wouldn’t I see them again but that they might be split up and now the illustrated libretto wasn’t going to happen.
    I’m very pleased to hear that you are still toying with the notion of illustrating the libretto, and equally pleased that since D decided they shouldn’t be split up we acquired all three monoprints. I’d miss them enormously, but they can be sent on an extended loan to Ty Isaf if it means that libretto gets illustrated!
    They still captivate me every single day. I love them.

    • The monoprints were in the Martin Tinney exhibition because I felt that I was a little short of work for it and needed to add a few really good pieces from my stock pile. I’d always said that I wouldn’t sell them, but at the eleventh hour relented and added them to the exhibition inventory, while simultaneously hoping that they wouldn’t find favour and would be returned to me. It was a massive relief to discover that they’d gone to friends. I can’t tell you how touched I was that you and D decided to acquire all three of them, and that I’d have ‘visiting rights’!

      There will be no need for the prints to come back to Ty Isaf in order for me to illustrate the libretto, though I hope that you’ll loan them to the National Library of Wales for next year’s retrospective.

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