Amazonia by María. María, María Martins.
Amazonia by María
Amazonia by María
Amazonia by María
Amazonia by María
Amazonia by María
Amazonia by María

Amazonia by María

New York: Valentine Gallery, 1943. First edition. 4to, 32 leaves, one of which is a bifolium, and two of which are blank. Housed in a folder of illustrated paper over thich boards backed in black cloth tape and titled in white at the spine, with 3 black cloth ties. One of a limited edition of 500 numbered copies, this being copy no. 202. Text in English.

The catalog for Brazilian artist's 1943 solo show at the Valentine Gallery in New York, which consisted of bronze sculptures exploring the mythological figures of the Amazon, including Cobra Norato, Aioká, Cobra Grande, the Boiúna, the Boto, Yara, Iacy, and Yemanjá. The catalog features texts on each figure in English, interspersed with photographic reproductions of the scuptures. The title page, illustrated with a silhouette of the river, highlights how the path of the water aligns it all.

Amazonia took place around the time that Martins began her association with the Surrealists in exile during the War. She published work in the pages of VVV and participated in the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1947. She was a particular influence upon both André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. It was her relationship with, and influence upon the latter for which she was best known for many years (she was the main model for Étant Donnés), but a recent film and new scholarship has begun to restore the centrail importance of her work to the Surrealist movement.

The occasional light crease, and some light foxing to the top edge and plates, else fine. The folder shows some areas of discoloration, especially to the unprinted rear board which has a couple areas of whitening, possibly from exposure to moisture (though there is no tidemarking, and the mark doesn't penetrate within), else very good. Item #29565

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