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Atelier René Tazé IV

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Erik Desmazières, Atelier René Tazé IV, 1992, etching, aquatint, and roulette on Tiepolo Fabriano paper, Museum Purchase: Hank and Judy Hummelt Fund, © Erik Desmazières, 1995.18.1

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Title

Atelier René Tazé IV

Artist

Erik Desmazières (French, born Morocco, born 1948)

Related People

printer: François Baudequin (French, active 20th century)

printer: René Tazé (French, active 20th century)

Date

1992

Medium

etching, aquatint, and roulette on Tiepolo Fabriano paper

Edition

16/75

Catalogue Raisonné

Fitch 136

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 25 13/16 in x 19 7/8 in; sheet: 30 in x 22 1/4 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

French

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Hank and Judy Hummelt Fund

Accession Number

1995.18.1

Copyright

© Erik Desmazières

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

roulettes

studios

Description

Infused with a hushed sense of atmosphere that teeters between the uncanny and the fantastic, Desmazières's carefully observed depiction of the studio of master printer René Tazé, with its massive and powerful press dominating the foreground, suggests reverence as well as foreboding. The flowing curve of the press wheel forms a porthole through which the structured geometry and right angles of the studio can be seen, and suggests, in the words of Maxine Préaud, chief curator of the department of prints at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, "a metaphor for the universe in permanent rotation."

Essentially self-taught, Desmazières is inspired by the work of his graphic predecessors, such as the lively etchings of Jacques Callot, the architectural fantasies of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and the picture-puzzles of M. C. Escher.

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