Aug 14, 2019

The Library of Babel: High Circular Gallery

The Library of Babel: High Circular Gallery


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Erik Desmazières Printed by René Tazé and François Baudequin at the Atelier René Tazé, Paris

(French, born Morocco, 1948-)

Etching and aquatint from the First Suite of ten prints on blue-toned laid paper

Gift of Carole W. and Charles B. Rosenblatt 2018.56.6

Catalogue raisonné: FF 162

Edition: First suite, XXV/XXV

Impression: XXV



Erik Desmazières’ etchings and aquatints represent libraries, city views, cabinets of wonder, and other spaces rich with meaning, history, and content, both real and imagined. Through virtuoso draftsmanship and his consummate command of the technical aspects of etching, Desmazières renders his architectural spaces and cityscapes with hardened reality, simultaneously imbuing them with an uncanny sense of the fantastic and the surreal.

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