"Here are faces, masks of the soul": First edition of Therese le Prat's Masques et Destins: Masks, Fates, Faces; from the library of legendary actress Vivien Leigh
Masques et Destins: Masks, Fates, Faces.
Le Prat, Therese (Vivien Leigh).$350.00
Item Number: 95811
Paris: Olivier Perrin, 1955.
First edition of Therese Le Prat’s monumental work. Folio, original pictorial boards, illustrated. In near fine condition. From the library of one of the greatest actresses of the 20th century, Vivien Leigh, with a full page presentation addressed to Leigh laid in.
Through the large-format portraits that comprise Masques et Destins, Le Prat has succeeded in expressing the often arduous and painful nature of human existence. "There are masks made of straw or cardboard, animated by a tensed body of drooping shoulders, semi-masks of hardened paint, which by their inevitable immobility give the face a bitter yet serene greatness; the eyes alone live and entreat; some masks are solemn, others tender or grimacing...and then there are faces without paint where the very intensity of expression forms the mask" (Le Prat, Therese).