Principio Erat (*signed print*)

@ Henson, Bill


.Last copies - Only the "Female nude, head down" cover is available.

WARNING: Please note that the boards of the covers of this book have a rather fragile varnish, and some light rubbing traces might appear here or there on the front or back covers, depending on how you look at the book under a light source

Presentation by Editions Bessard :

" The creature gazes into the openness with all its eyes.

So begins Duino's Eighth Elegy,
by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

The openness is a space inhabited by elves,
innocents, saints.

Bill Henson perceives this infinity, this openness,
in the terrible beauty of his models, inscribed on
a black background, as though the shadows
could sing.

His sculptures of flesh are sources of youth,
photographs designed to stand the test of time,
like Wagner's operatic masterpieces.

They take with them a romantic breath
that is surpasses a call to the sublime,
a dazzling solitude in a world turned gruesome.

Among the ruins of the past and the eternal temples
of nature come diaphanous beings, pure dreams,
inaccessible ghosts.

From afar, they are untouchable.

They are silent, sacred, intimidating,
as if death did not frighten them.

Descendants of the tradition of classical statuary,
they have no age. Sovereign and savage,
they are deities with rare presence.

Kneaded from clay, they take to flight,
far from human suffering.

The night full of desire is their shelter,
an invisible glass shield surrounding them.
Blessed are you born of Orpheus,
the severe judge.

Glory to the creative breath,
glory to the travelling stars,
glory to the new beings,
glory to the uninitiated.

Supported by the old parapets, we suffer from
being so heavy, while you are wine, vine, arrows
and messengers in one.

Oh, pure tension!
Oh, joy that abounds!
Oh, music of the globe!

But if I cry out, who in the orders of the angels will
listen to me? "

The text above is included in the book, in both English and French.

This Trade Edition that includes a signed C-Print (12.5 x 17.5 cm or 5" x 7"). All the books are numbered. Only the cover "Female nude with head down" with the print "Reclining girl" is now available.

Please contact us if you are interested in the « Artist Edition » of this book.

72 pages + 12 foldouts - Hardcover

Editions Bessard, 2019

Format : 25.5 x 34.5 cm (book)

*Signed Print*

New - *See note at top*

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Henson, Bill

Bill Henson (Melbourne, Australia, b.1955) is one of Australia’s most notable leaders in Contemporary photography. Notable influences on his work include the famous Melbourne painter and his long-term partner Louise Hearman, and the award-winning film director Paul Cox. Photo: © smhcomau
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