1945 "The Path of Vision" by Bessie Mona Lasky | Dryden Press | 15 Paintings
1945 The Path of Vision by Bessie Mona Lasky, published by Dryden Press
Mel's Notes: I try really hard to find titles by women writers and artists who may have been overlooked or under-appreciated. I was really taken with Lasky's ethereal artwork, but also her spare poetry.
[From the original flyer that accompanied the book when it was first published:] The Path of Vision is an exceptional example of craftsmanship in bookmaking, a volume that will be treasured by collectors, art lovers, and connoisseurs alike. The format is large, measuring 101/2" x 12", with fifteen paintings, each measuring 8" x 10" and mounted on right-hand pages facing the commentaries. The reproductions in full color have been made by the Knudsen process, internationally esteemed for fidelity and beauty. The type has been set in Aldine Bembo by The Haddon Craftsmen, who have also printed the text in mat black on Georgian paper. Each painting has been mounted by hand, and each copy bears the artist's signature.
Bessie Mona Lasky made her debut as a painter in 1925, with an exhibition of forty-five oils at the Anderson Galleries in New York City. In the ensuing years, her paintings have been hung in such well-known galleries as the Knoedler Galleries, the Milch Gallery, the Ehrich-Newhouse Gallery, the Durand-Ruel Gallery. Exhibitions have also been held at the Cooling Gallery in London and the Knoedler Gallery in Paris. . . . She has also exhibited by invitation at the Los Angeles County Museum, Legion of Honor S. F., Stanford University, the Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo), the Detroit Art Institute. Thirty of her paintings were included in the International Invitation Exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Condition: good in hand-made paper boards with cloth spine; no jacket as issued; chipping, discoloration and soiling to boards, but otherwise a tight, unmarked copy with clean bright pages and artwork