Pierre Gusman (1862 - 1941)
Born in Paris, Pierre Gusman was the son of Adolphe Gusman, a famous engraver in his own right who collaborated with Gustave Doré. From 1880, Pierre apprenticed to his father, and in 1894 received a free scholarship from the Salon des Artistes Français, enabling him to travel extensively through much of Europe. While Pierre produced a large body of work in an homage to classical style, his first interest lay in scholarship. In 1911 he founded the Société de la Gravure sur Bois Originale. He established Nouvel Imagier in 1914, a publication showcasing woodcuts in well designed typographic settings. In 1921, he founded BYBLIS, devoted to fine books and engravings, and finally, Gusman founded the La Societé Saint-Eloi an association of contemporary French etchers. In his studies, Gusman also determined that Armenia was the birthplace of end grain engraving. For his contributions to to the arts, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Entrée du jardin de Pomone
Woodcut, 1925, initialed in the block. Edition not stated. Image size 2-3/4” x 5”; sheet size 5-5/8” x 9”, published by The Print Connoisseur, Volume V, Number 1, January 1925. A good impression; with a very clean background. Reverse of sheet is spotted and toned due to contact with the apparently acidic cover stock.