HANS ERNI Swiss Artist Monograph w/ ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED and INSCRIBED to ROBERT and MAGRIT MONDAVI
HANS ERNI - DIE PLAKATE / LES AFFICHES (THE POSTERS) 1929-1992, by Jean-Charles Giroud. Published by Benteli Verlag, Bern, Switzerland 1993. Text in German and French.
CATALOGUE RAISONNE of the 311 POSTERS created by the Swiss Artist HANS ERNI between 1929 and 1992. Illustrated with 74 plates, most in color, followed by a chronological display of all his 311 posters arranged chronologically, each described and illustrated with a b&w image.
With an ORIGINAL FULL-PAGE DRAWING by HANS ERNI on a blank prelim. It is INSCRIBED to the renowned Napa Valley Winemakers MAGRIT and BOB [MONDAVI] and dated June 30, 1993. The drawing is in pencil and ink. The inscription, running vertically down the left side of the drawing, reads: "In friendship for Magrit and Bob 30.6.93". The drawing is SIGNED by the artist on the right side of the drawing.
Hans Erni, b.1909 d.2015, was a Swiss artist who became friends of the Mondavis after he was commissioned by Magrit Mondavi to paint a portrait of her husband, Robert Mondavi. The portrait was done in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, and dated 1993. The painting was signed with a dedication "In Friendship to Robert & Magrit". The painting was displayed in the home of the Mondavis during their lifetimes (Robert Mondavi died in 2008, Magrit Mondavi died in 2016). To state the obvious, this listing does NOT include the large painting.
Hardcover Art Monograph in Dustjacket, 9.5x11 inches (24x28 cm), 187 pages.
Condition: VERY GOOD book, the front inner hinge is cracked but holding firmly, otherwise sharp cornered, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has some shelf rubs and toning to the margins. The ORIGINAL DRAWING is brilliant. A lovely copy with a unique drawing.
The ORIGINAL DRAWING by the noted SWISS ARTIST, HANS ERNI, created in tribute to the Napa Valley Winemakers ROBERT and MAGRIT MONDAVI, makes this book UNIQUE and RARE.
About the Swiss Artist HANS ERNI and his relationship to MONDAVI and NAPA VALLEY: (from Wikipedia and elsewhere on the Internet):
******Hans Erni, b.1909 d.2015, was a Swiss artist, graphic designer, painter, illustrator, engraver and sculptor. His work is held in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, the Hammer Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Hans Erni Museum, situated in Lucerne, contains a large collection of his artwork.
In 1987 Philippine Rothschild, in tribute to her father, commissioned Hans Erni to design the label for the 1987 vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, her father's 65th and last vintage.
In 1993 Magrit Mondavi commissioned Hans Erni to paint a portrait of her husband, Robert Mondavi.******
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