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Erik Desmazières

Le Magasin central des imprimés

Suite of seven etchings with aquatint & roulette, 2013, contained in a cloth album with etched étiquette. Signed, titled, dated & numbered.

The suite was commissioned by les Amis de la Bibliothèque nationale de France(BnF) to both document and celebrate the cavernous stacks, the storage area designed by Henri Labrouste in the 19th century, now emptied of all books in preparation for a major renovation. The artist was able to faithfully transcribe the architecture of the space, while transforming it into a dramatic visual vernacular unmistakably his own.

Edition of 75: 50 ex. (numbered 1-50) sold en suite with frontispiece; 25 ex. (numbered 51-75) sold separately, excluding the frontispiece.
Suite: $7,500 / Individual impressions @ $1700

Photos of MCI suite © JC Barry, 2013.

 

Portfolio cover and closeup of cover print

Porfolio cover, with print Étiquette [FF 235]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
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Desmazieres Frontispiece for Le magasin central des imprimes

Frontispice [FF 236]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
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Desmazieres Plance No 1

Pl. 1 – Le Grand orgue pneumatique [FF 237]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
Image: 52.8 x 35.8 cm. / Sheet: 74 x 44 cm.
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Desmazieres Planche No 2

Pl. 2 – Le Bureau des ordres [FF 238]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
Image: 52.8 x 35.8 cm. / Sheet: 74 x 44 cm.
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Desmazieres Planche No 3

Pl. 3 – Travée est-ouest [FF 239]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
Image: 62.5 x 32.9 cm. / Sheet: 74 x 44 cm.
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Desmazieres Planche No 4

Pl. 4 – Les Réserves est-ouest [FF 240]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
Image: 62.5 x 32.9 cm. / Sheet: 74 x 44 cm.
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Desmazieres Planche No 5

Pl. 5 – La Coursive nord-sud [FF 241]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
Image: 62.5 x 32.9 cm. / Sheet: 74 x 44 cm.
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Desmazieres Planche No 6

Pl. 6 – Les Escaliers côté est [FF 242]
Etching, aquatint & roulette, 2013
Image: 62.5 x 32.9 cm. / Sheet: 74 x 44 cm.
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