24 pages, color throughout
14 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in.
Autumn Leaves is a large-scale book containing Bertolo’s meticulous studies of dessicated, decaying leaves in isolation. That description alone is enough to place it, sight unseen, within the traditions of trompe l’oeil and Momento mori painting. But Autumn Leaves contains another element—the arcs and loops of a child’s uninhibited drawing dancing across the picture plane. While it interrupts the trompe l’oeil effect, disrupting the realism with something like childish modernism, it also deepens the existential thrust of the Momento Mori. Printed by Alredy Toscana. Numbered by hand.