Léon Morin, prêtre by Poppy Dully -SOLD!

Because I enjoyed the 1961 film Léon Morin, Priest, I ordered two used copies of the 1952 novel Léon Morin, prêtre by Béatrix Beck from France. The film was directed by Jean-Pierre Melville with Jean-Paul Belmondo as Léon Morin and Emmanuelle Riva as Barny. These actors are playing against type and their underlying tension adds to the drama in the film which includes a Catholic priest and a young widow, France under German occupation, and theological sparing between the two main characters. The style of filming was a departure from classic films of the time. Author Béatrix Beck on viewing the film, commented “ In certain scenes, it felt like some hidden camera must have been filming over my shoulder as I wrote the novel.” Using the film as my guide, I created 12 monotypes with oil-based ink on the pages of the book. The monotype pages are glued on accordion folds and mounted to the hardbound (1954) book cover. I repeated this process with a 1952 paper edition of the novel.

Artist Bio

Poppy Dully is an Oregon painter, printer, and book artist. She works in acrylics, oil, pen and ink, and several printmaking techniques. She has shown her paintings and prints around the Pacific Northwest since 1998. Poppy's altered books are the products of discoveries, bringing together books and films. Her artist’s books are in private and public collections including University of Washington, Stanford University, Multnomah County Central Library Special Collections, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, UCLA Film Library and Savannah College of Art and Design. Her books and prints were on exhibit in 2018 at Women and The Printed Page at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and Ink Press Repeat at Wayne Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.