|Title||La Bête Humaine|
|Artist / Creator||Poppy Dully|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Process / Technique||Original book published by Fasquelle (France) in 1953|
|Number of Images||12 monoprints|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion of rebound book pages|
|Medium / Materials||Oil-based ink monoprints|
|Paper Stock||Found text pages and Arches #150|
|Number of Pages||12 spreads|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.75 x 6.75 x .75 inches|
|Box / Wrapper||Original book jacket|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Émile Zola's 1890 novel La Bête Humaine (The Human Beast in English) was adapted into a film, directed by Jean Renoir, in 1938.Although the story is quite bleak with several murders and a final death, it is oddly fascinating. The movie performances by Jean Gabin and Simone Simon are outstanding and portray great humanity. I created twelve monotype printed on pages of a French edition of the novel. I followed the storyline from the film La Bête Humaine and not the novel, which Renoir changed. Viewing the prints in sequence tells the altered story. The printed pages are assembled in an accordion format and reattached to the original cover which has an original book jacket.
Artist BioPoppy Dully is a Portland painter, printer, and book artist. She works in acrylics, oil, pen, and ink and creates a narrative theme in her art. She has a degree in design and cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley, Masters in Public Health from UC Los Angeles and worked for over 20 years in fundraising and non profit management in Portland. She has shown her paintings and prints around the Northwest since 1998. Poppy's artist's books are in private and public collections including University of Washington, Stanford University, Multnomah County Central Library, University of Southern California, and Savannah College of Art and Design.