Gutters of Gold: Volker Eichelmann with Stephen Tennant  


Gutters of Gold: Volker Eichelmann with Stephen Tennant  


25 × 21 cm | 8 × 10 in
120 ills | 176 pages
Paperback with dust jacket

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Throughout his life, Stephen Tennant (1906–1987), a decadent socialite, modernist, dandy and "the brightest" of the Bright Young Things, contemplated a novel about “high life with a capital H and full of crude impossibilities”.

Despite his elaborate preparations, the book itself never materialised. Yet, over the course of his life—sequestered in an English countryside manor decorated with fishnets, pink satin and golden conch shells, his hair long and died mauve—Tennant produced abundant drawings of potential covers for the book he was never to write.

In Gutters of Gold: Volker Eichelmann with Stephen Tennant, the artist Volker Eichelmann has responded to Tennant’s drawings with his own series of freewheeling, evocative paintings and collages. In so doing, and in combining his images with Tennant’s, Eichelmann has finally realised Tennant’s long-dreamed-of book.

As an artist’s publication, Gutters of Gold: Volker Eichelmann with Stephen Tennant innovatively highlights and expands on preoccupations shared by both Tennant and Eichelmann, such as hedonism, Modernism and, unusually, how these two concepts can play out in the countryside rather than in an urban landscape.