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Pierre Ouvrard : master bookbinder = maitre relieur
Bruce Peel Special Collections Library.
Publication Information:
Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxxiv, 98 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
Z269.2.O98 B78 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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One of Canada's foremost design bookbinders, Pierre Ouvrard has prepared more than five hundred beautiful, unique bindings over his fifty-year career. Design binding is unusual branch of the book arts, blending craftsmanship, artistry, and literary sensitivity. In Ouvrard's hands, the book becomes a work of art as fine as any painting. This volume features more than three hundred of his best creations, including the sumptuous Governor General's Literary Award collection. The introductory essays, presented in both English and French, provide a context for appreciating this versatile artist: Alfred Van Peteghem (author and rare-book dealer); Normand Biron (art critic); and Pierre Ouvrard himself. "Pierre Ouvrard's enthusiasm for his craft together with his enormous output over many years have resulted in a collection of work of unparalleled magnitude in the recent history of hand bookbinding in Canada. For those who enjoy unravelling the meaning behind bookbinders' designs, this profusely illustrated book and fitting tribute to the man will provide a treasure trove of ideas ranging from the disarmingly simple to the provocatively enigmatic." - Michael Wilcox, master bookbinder, Burleigh Falls, Ontario

Reviews 1

Choice Review

For some five decades, Ouvrard has been designing and binding books of great beauty. This catalog visually documents the vision and passion of a man dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the art of bookbinding, and commemorates the installation of the Pierre Ouvrard Collection at the library of the University of Alberta. This volume contains more than 300 examples of his artistry and craftsmanship, elegantly displayed with captions and detail photos that enhance the viewer's enjoyment. The three essays (in French and English) are brief and remark on the personal and aesthetic aspects of the craft. Ouvrard states, "My bindings are almost paintings"; the full-color examples attest to his painterly approach. Though he works in leather and his canvas is no larger than an average book, this does not diminish his imagination and love of color and shapes. This publication will have great appeal to the craftsperson and those who appreciate artistic skill and the beauty of the handmade object. Graduate students through professionals. D. Ichiyama Purdue University