(Altona 1866 - Avon 1926)
Letter L: Illustration for Paroles d’un croyant by Félicité de Lamennais
Signed with the artist’s monogram CS in pencil at the lower left of the image.
Numbered XXXIV in pencil at the lower left of the sheet.
225 x 150 mm. (8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.) [image]
290 x 213 mm. (11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in.) [sheet]
Many years later, in 1924, Charles Meunier had a copy of the book bound in an elaborate binding, to which he added a personal preface: ‘These visions of present torments, these dreams of future happiness, where Lammenais meets Dante, his brother in faith, hatred and glory, M. Carloz [sic] Schwabe has so perfectly understood them, that he makes us experience in our turn the wizardry of his draughtsmanship. His feelings of grief and of mystical sensuousness are given free rein in the illustration of this work, where is found, as in the rest of his oeuvre, a proud, irritated and suffering soul, ready however to succumb to the delicious weight of tears and the amorous ecstasy of faith.’
Other drawings by Carlos Schwabe for Paroles d’un croyant are today in the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva and in several private collections.