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Sketch for cover illustration to Vol. II of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, signed "TB" at lower left corner. 16x13,5 cm. Different techniques, for instance pencil and watercolour. Pinholes in margins. Two small sketches of heads on the verso. The book has been published twice with Billman's woodcuts, in 1948 and in 1980. After the first publication he continued to make sketches for this novel, which had made a great impression on him, and the second publication contained several new woodcuts, as well as a coloured woodcut for each of the two covers. In lower margin of this sketch he has made some comments in pencil, for instance: "Handen för lång! Flytta den!!" [The hand is too long! Move it!!] The sketch has another athmosphere and is more colourful than the printed version. The Swedish woodcut artist, book illustrator and fresco painter Torsten Billman (1909-1989) grew up in Kullavik on the Swedish west coast, went to sea at 17 as an ordinary seaman, and again at 18 as a stoker; an occupation which he kept for a couple of forming years, combining the hard labour under deck with visits to seaports of the Mediterranean and the Far East. During the 30s he studied book illustration and wood engraving in Gothenburg, and returned to the Gothenburg art school in the 70s, then as an appreciated teacher. An avid reader, he found much inspiration in the works of Strindberg, Balzac, 19th century Russian literature, Harry Martinson, and Gunnar Ekelöf; and it is the illustrations for Balzac?s Cousin Pons, Dostoyevski?s Crime and Punishment and Martinson?s Nomad on which his reputation as a book illustrator chiefly rests. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Raskolnikov och Sonja.
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