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Les livres de dialogue de Guillaume Apollinaire, un moment dans l'histoire du livre

Abstract : During his entire career, Guillaume Apollinaire did not stop establishing relations between poetry and the other arts. Born of this will of linking, the "livres de dialogue" - L'Enchanteur pourrissant, Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d'Orphée and Vitam impendere amori, made with André Derain, Raoul Dufy and André Rouveyre - are the most accomplished results. From L'Enchanteur to Vitam, this will for exchange is permanent and increasing; nevertheless, it seems that the critic concentrates either on the literary aspect, or on the artistic aspect of these works. That is why, thanks to the light brought by literature, art, history and book history, we shall try to show the central role of the "livre de dialogue" in Apollinaire's process of creation. The first part aims at clarifying the values attached to the illustrated book in the end of nineteenth century and at presenting the context in which was born the "livre de dialogue". The second part demonstrates that the triple collaboration between Apollinaire, Derain and Kahnweiler is the core of the dialogue which develops between wood engravings and text of L'Enchanteur, and that this first work constitutes the prototype of the future illustrated works of the poet. The third part, which studies Le Bestiaire, shows how it represents a milestone in Apollinaire's evolution and in his conception of the dialogue between the arts. The last part is focused on the underestimated work Vitam impendere amori which represents the top of the collaboration between the poet and the artist: after the First World War big break, it gives evidence of the superiority of the work on trials and tribulations of human life.
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Stéphanie Dépoisse. Les livres de dialogue de Guillaume Apollinaire, un moment dans l'histoire du livre. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2009. Français. ⟨NNT : 2009NAN21003⟩. ⟨tel-01752702⟩

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