An artist’s book created by Judith Rothchild, Les Quatre Saisons interprets four poems on the seasons by 19th century French inventor and poet Charles Cros. Loose-as-issued, this book contains four separate tri-fold pages, each of which features a poem and a black-and-white chine collé mezzotint by the artist. Rothchild’s four delicate prints depict a candle for winter, asparagus for spring, wheat for summer, and a chestnut for autumn. As one of four deluxe copies, this book includes an additional portfolio of the prints and the original copper plate for “Automne.” The plate is set into a mat window opening in the interior of the box that houses the book and portfolio. The clamshell box is lined with decorative marbled green paper and covered in dark gray paper with black cloth hinges and a design on the front board and spine.
Les Quatre Saisons was published in a total edition of 35 with one reserved for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. It is numbered 3/35 and signed by artist at the colophon. In addition, each work in the extra suite of prints is titled, signed, and numbered ¾ by the artist.