Painter and book artist Gérard Charrière was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1935. He studied bookbinding at the École des Arts et Métiers in Basel and later pursued advanced studies with Raymond Mondange at the Lycée Technique Estienne in Paris. After moving to America, Charrière worked for a time at the Newberry Library in Chicago restoring rare books and manuscripts. His skill and his desire to produce creative designs soon led him to a lauded career in fine bookbinding. He has created countless custom bindings for limited edition livres d’artistes and artist’s books, including works illustrated by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Robert Rauschenberg. Charrière designs each binding to complement and expand the artistic content of the book, using both traditional materials like leather and gold leaf as well as more modern materials like sequins and plexiglass. Charrière has also been a prolific painter and has made several artist’s books containing his own work. Dream Landscape (1982), for example, contains original drawings in a custom binding.

Charrière’s work has been recognized by awards from the Swiss Center Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work can be found in many public and private collections.

 

Books by Gérard Charrière available from Boreas Fine Art:

[Matta, Roberto and Gérard Charrière (binding) ]  Ritsos, Yannis.  Jacque Lacarrière, translator.  Grécité.  Montpelier: Fata Morgana.  1968.

 

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