Chants pour Titine

Jean-Luc Bruyas
Albert Woda
Éditions de l'EAU

'I use the engraving plate to be a writer without words'. Painter and engraver Albert Woda never became a real writer, but he did establish his own publishing business operating under the name Éditions de l'Eau. For his books, he favours the 'manière noire': an engraving technique that allows him to produce dark and mysterious images, like nighttime scenes, but also idyllic landscapes. From the early 1980s onwards, Woda has worked on a series of twenty self-produced editions in his studio in a cultural centre. He always selected poems and prose works by writers with whom he felt a connection. There is always a close correspondence between his image and their text.

Page [7]: composition by Serge Pesce
Page [7]: composition by Serge Pesce

Page [7]: composition by Serge Pesce

Title page
Title page

Title page

Etching by Albert Woda
Etchingby Albert Woda

Etchingby Albert Woda

Chants pour Titine is one of those books published by Woda. It contains prose and poems by Jean-Luc Bruyas- with whom Woda had also produced Lienne la muette in 1991. The texts are based on a song by Sergio Pesce (born in 1968), of which the sheet music was reproduced. Woda made one engraving for this little oblong-shaped booklet himself: a dark room, with a doorway and light shining in. A little girl dances in the middle of the room. This is Titine, of whom Bruyas writes that she is five-and-a-half years old and that she dreams of being a dancer, like her mother.

Bibliographical description:

Description: Chants pour Titine / Jean-Luc Bruyas ; [avec des pièces musicales composées par Serge Pesce]. - [S.l.] : Éditions de l'Eau, 1990. - 16 p. : ill. ; 9×20 cm
Edition: 100 copies
This copy: Number 29 of 34 copies with an etching, signed by Albert Woda
Note: Signed by author, artist and composer
The texts are written to music by Serge Pesce
Bibliography: Monod 2030 ; Bénézit 14-679
Note: Koopm D 74


  • Pierre Séjournant, 'Albert Woda: de la nuit des temps au mystère de la nuit', in: Nouvelles de l’estampes, (2000) 170, p. 54-58