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Limited Edition

90 min visit

Paris
Petit Palais
26 Jan → 23 May 2021
From Tue to Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mon. Nocturnal Fri until 9 pm for exhibitions.

« A journey to the last century which makes us discover the French know-how of printmaking and printing! »

Limited Edition is an exhibition presenting both the prints and illustrated books of the merchant Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) and his heir Henri Petiet (1894-1980), as well as a selection of illustrations by the greatest masters of modern art. Picasso, Chagall, Cézanne and Renoir are among the artists who supported the determined Ambroise Vollard. The latter, above all an art dealer, is the one who opened the doors of his gallery for the first time to the young Picasso! In addition to this willingness to identify future great artists is added a passion for printmaking. It all began with the reissue of Paul Gauguin's Volpini Suite... A series of master plates followed: Fantin Latour, Puvis de Chavannes or the young Odilon Redon, who was still little known at the time! Ambroise Vollard then started publishing artists' books. Really passionate about his activity as a publisher, he devotes all his time to it: he is always on the lookout for the most beautiful papers, looking for original typographies and quality printers to finally produce luxury books. As for Henri Petiet, an entire section of the exhibition is dedicated to him. A print merchant in his own right, he is also renowned as the smuggler of French modernity abroad: not only does he publish books and prints by artists who have already worked with Vollard, but he also supports new artists! The purchase of the Vollard gallery and part of its collection, as well as his flair for new talent (such as Marie Laurencin for example) will earn him as much fame as his predecessor. Discover a unique collection of prints, etchings and artist's books from admirable loans from the greatest institutions and from the artist's own legacy. Splendid!

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