np: 1961. 18 3/4 x 13 1/2", ink and wash on both sides of a sheet of sketch paper. Unsigned and undated.
Provenance: acquired by Peter Howard of Serendipity Books from Bobbie Louise Hawkins, former wife of Robert Creeley.
The immensely talented Laubies was a visual artist associated at different times with the Tachisme, Art Informel, and Nuagisme movements. He was also the first translator of Ezra Pound into French, and it was Ezra Pound who introduced Creeley to Laubies in Paris in 1951. They would become close friends and collaborators, and it was via Laubie and the Galerie Fachetti that Creeley was first exposed to Abstraction Expressionism (for a discussion of this period, see the interview with Creeley in John Wilson’s A Sense of Increment. Laubies contributed the iconic cover to the first edition of his The Gold Diggers, published under Creeley’s own Divers Press imprint in 1954, and also on The Immoral Proposition for Jargon Press the year prior.
Laubies died in 2006 under mysterious circumstances in the city of Mangalore, in Southern India, after being admitted by a stranger.
According to a note by Peter Howard on the verso of the plastic frame backing in which the drawing was housed, the drawing was acquired by him from Bobbie Louise Hawkins. The note quotes Hawkins as saying "Laubies used to stay with us and leave these ink drawings lying around."
Very good with some toning and a single strong horizontal crease. Item #26056