Literary Objects:  Flaubert
Literary Objects:  Flaubert
Literary Objects:  Flaubert

Literary Objects: Flaubert

studio blue, Chicago, Illinois, 1996


Literary Objects: Flaubert catalogues an exhibition at the University of Chicago’s David and Alfred Smart Museum. The exhibit compares object descriptions form the novels of Gustave Flaubert to decorative arts from the Smart Museum’s collection. Flaubert’s writing is filled with physical and emotional detail, and is at times quite erotic. Like all great literature, it remains very contemporary, while rooted in its original era (the nineteenth century).

In designing the book, we wanted to create a typographic environment that reflected the book’s text—contemporary, yet traditional—and felt like an 1860s boudoir, curvaceous yet prim. The catalogue is organized somewhat like a Diderot encyclopedia, with each text and image numbered or lettered.

Collections: Communication Graphics: 18 (1997)
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Promotional design and advertising
Format: Catalogue, Promotion, Booklet


Design firm
studio blue
Art directors
Kathy Fredrickson, Cheryl Towler Weese
Graphic designers
Joellen Kames, Cheryl Towler Weese
Courtesy of the David, Alfred Smart Museum of Art
ITC Bodoni, Democratica, Sackers Gothic, Commercial Script
Hull Printing
Mohawk Satin, Strathmore Beau Brilliant, Weyerhaueser Cougar Opaque
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago