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Chalcographie du Louvre

Foujita 'Self-portrait of the Artist with a Cat' Etching

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Japanese-French painter and printmaker – and son of a samurai – Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was famed for his cat pictures, regularly creating self-portraits with felines, and adopting strays in the streets of Paris during his days as a Jazz Age star in Montparnasse. The flat, decorative style of his works blended Western influences with the visual traditions of his native Japan. 
His Book of Cats (1930), featuring 20 etched plate drawings, is ranked as “the most popular and desirable book on cats ever published”. More affordable is this drypoint etching depicting the artist plus furry friend, in an edition by the Louvre’s historic chalcography workshop, which has been reproducing classic artworks and statues linked to the museum since its conception in 1797.

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Dimensions : 65x50cm 
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Chalcographie du Louvre

Historic Louvre workshop reproducing statues and engravings

Founded during the Revolution, this under-the-radar bastion of savoir-faire oversees a world-class collection of 14,000 engraved copperplates – spanning 17th-century rarities but also contemporary-artist commissions. At its Saint-Denis-based workshop, intaglio printmakers revisit the mighty horde to produce superb engravings on the historic presses for sale to the public. Printing from old plates requires rare expertise and dexterity. For over twenty years, the Chalcographie du Louvre has been working with a host of contemporary artists to expand a collection of modern art masters. The prints that result from these collaborations go on to be printed as many times as the matrix allows, with no limitations on reproduction or signature. This principle, which runs contrary to the practices of the contemporary art market, perpetuates the tradition of dissemination unique to the Chalcographie du Louvre. It allows prints created by internationally renowned artists to be sold at affordable prices. (The workshop is closed to the public.)

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