Watercolor on Laid Paper
13 x 8¼ Inches
Signed Lower Right, "Herny Miller"
Dated Lower Right March, 1958
Henry Valentine Miller was a seminal American writer and artist who pioneered a literary style that combined elements of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, and surrealist free association. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, and strongly influenced many writers, including Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy and Erica Jong. Miller's most characteristic works are Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936), Tropic of Capricorn (1939) and The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (1949–59), all of which are based on his experiences in New York and Paris, and all of which were banned in the United States until 1961. He also wrote travel memoirs and literary criticism, and painted prolifically in watercolor. Miller painted intuitively and from his sub-conscious, capturing the mixture of surrealism and dreams that also characterized his literary works.
Accompanied by a first-edition copy of 'The Paintings of Henry Miller; Paint as You Like and Die Happy'.
Foreword by Lawrence Durrell; Published by Capra Press, Santa Barbara.
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