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Erik Desmazières

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Desmazières was recently elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.

Desmazières recently published his second work with the celebrated author Olivier Rolin, illustrating "À y regarder de près"

Following retrospectives at the Rembrandthuis Museum (Amsterdam, 2004–05), the Musée Carnavalet (Paris, 2006–07), and the Musée Jenisch (Vevey, Switzerland, 2007), a new Desmazières solo exhibition opened at the Fondazione Il Bisonte (Florence) and traveled in February, 2009 to the Museo della Grafica (Pisa). In May 2009, another one-man exhibition opened at the Telfair Museum (Savannah, Georgia), continuing through October. Yet another major show opened in early September 2009 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Montréal), which ran through January 3, 2010.

Erik Desmazières, a "contemporary printmaker of breathtaking virtuosity" (The Independent, London, Dec. 1993), renders with masterly draughtsmanship subjects ranging from domestic interiors and garden scenes to grotesque fantasies in the tradition of Bosch and Goya.

Recipient of the prestigious Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris and member of the Société des Peintres Graveurs Français, Desmazières has been described as "arguably the finest French printmaker of his generation" by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator of San Francisco's Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts. He has had numerous individual exhibitions in Paris, London, Hamburg, Rome, Zurich, Osaka, Tokyo; and in the U.S., Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle, inter al. His work is found in the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale, the Rijksmuseum, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library, among others.

Fitch-Febvrel publishes Desmazières' award-winning catalogue raisonné, of which there are three volumes to date, the fourth of which is due to be published in 2011.
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Born in 1948 in Rabat, Morocco
Graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1971
Studied printmaking at the Cours du Soir de la Ville de Paris, 1971–1973

Public Collections
Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco
Art Museum, Portland
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
British Museum, London
Brooklyn Museum, New York
California State University, Chico
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
McGill University, Montréal
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Miami-Dade Community College, Miami
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal
Musée Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Musée Jenisch, Cabinet des estampes, Vevey
Museum of Art, Cleveland
Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City
Neuberger Museum, New York
New York Public Library, New York
Princeton University Library, Princeton
Public Library, Newark
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Rutgers University Dana Library, Newark
Suffolk Community College, Selden

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See December 1983 ArtNews Review
See December 18, 1998 New York Times Review
See December 14, 2001 New York Times Review
See February 2002 NYArts Review

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