Book Cover, André Gide by Van Meter Ames, 1940s
This is a Book cover. It was graphic design by Alvin Lustig. It is dated 1940s and we acquired it in 2001. Its medium is offset lithograph on cream coated paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Borrowing from abstract painters, this book cover from the 1940s combines color, shape, and text in an unconventional way. By employing a suggestive, rather than literal or illustrative, approach to graphic design, prominent American graphic, typeface, and book designer Alvin Lustig creates a sophisticated relationship between concept and physical form. The cover image does not directly depict what the book is about, but rather references it obliquely. Lustig reads the text to get a feel for the work and the author’s style, and then restates its central idea graphically.
It is credited
Gift of Susan Lustig Peck.
Its dimensions are
18.4 x 21.0 cm (7 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. ), irregular
It is signed
Imprinted in white, lower left corner: lustig
It is inscribed
Imprinted in white to the right of center (sideways): THE MAKERS OF MODERN LITERATURE; in black, center left: andré/GIDE/by Van Meter Ames; along spine (sideways): ANDRÉ GIDE by Van Meter Ames; in white, lower left corner: lustig
Cite this object as
Book Cover, André Gide by Van Meter Ames, 1940s; Graphic design by Alvin Lustig (American, 1915–1955); USA; offset lithograph on cream coated paper; 18.4 x 21.0 cm (7 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. ), irregular; Gift of Susan Lustig Peck; 2001-29-29