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The Library of Babel by Érik Desmazières

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The print work of French artist Érik Desmazières has featured here on several occasions, and I’ve also had reason to mention more than once his aquatints and etchings which illustrate Jorge Luis Borges’ celebrated short story The Library of Babel (1941). The prints were produced in 1997 with a small book edition being published in […]

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Leonardo’s warrior

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Bust of a warrior in profile (c. 1475–80) by Leonardo da Vinci. A recent interview question reminded me of this splendid Leonardo piece when I was discussing early artistic influences. One crucial influence for me was the example of my mother who’d been an art student during the 1950s specialising in ceramics and textile design. […]

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The art of Pierre Clayette, 1930–2005

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The Library of Babel (no date). Another French artist who specialised in fantastic architecture, Pierre Clayette’s work came to my attention via the picture above which illustrates a Borges story. This leads me to wonder once again what it is about French and Belgian artists which attracts them more than others to this type of […]

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The fantastic art archive

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Previous posts about fantastic, surreal or visionary artists. • Ernst Fuchs, 1977 • Ernst Fuchs, 1930–2015 • The art of Aleksandr Kosteckij • The art of Fabrizio Clerici, 1913–1993 • The art of Victor Linford, 1940–2002 • Heimkiller and High • The Man Who Paints Monsters In The Night • Hans by Sibylle • The […]

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The etching and engraving archive

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Previous posts about etchings and engravings. • Bruegel’s sins • The World of Wonders • LVCIFER • Gérard Trignac’s Invisible Cities • La Ronde du Sabbat • Meyer’s Todtengessängen • Jacques Houplain’s Maldoror • Athanasius Kircher’s Pan • Robert Fludd’s Temples of Music • Musaeum Hermeticum • Rodler’s Fine, Useful Booklet • Rules and Examples […]

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The illustrators archive

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Previous posts about illustrators. • The Work of Walter Crane • The art of John Thompson • Arthur Zaidenberg’s À Rebours revisited • Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern • Die Arbeit des Todes by Ferdinand Barth • The Eerie Book • Fritz Eichenberg’s illustrated Poe • The psychedelic art of Nicole Claveloux • […]

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Les lieux imaginaires d’Erik Desmazières

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Labyrinthe II (2003). This is very late notice but I only just discovered that there’s been a major exhibition of etchings by Erik Desmazières running at the Jenisch Gallery in Vevey, Switzerland. The exhibition, which ends on September 9th, includes these more recent works among over 100 other pieces covering the extent of the artist’s […]

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The art of Erik Desmazières

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La Place Désertée (1979). Yet another French artist specialising in etchings with a focus on imaginary architecture. No dedicated website, unfortunately, so I’ve posted more images than usual. Of note is Desmazières’ illustrated edition (now out of print) of the Borges’ ficcione, The Library of Babel, published by Les Amis du Livre Contemporain in France […]

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