Claude Lorrain, detail from Le Pont de Bois (Rebecca et Eliézer) (The Wooden Bridge [Rebecca and Eliézer]) (ca. 1638–1641).

Claude Lorrain and the Notion of Printed Arcadian Landscapes

Installation view: “KP Brehmer. Real Capital Production,” Raven Row, 2014.

KP Brehmer’s Realpolitik

Victoria Burge, detail from Island (2013).

Prix de Print No. 9: Island by Victoria Burge

Giulio and Domenico Campagnola, detail from Concert by a brook (ca. 1516–1517).

Poetic Printmaking: Arcadia and the Engravings of Giulio Campagnola

  • Marcel Pautot and His Images de Provence

    Fig. 1. Marcel Pautot, Grasse (ca. 1951), hand-colored sculpted print, 5.9 x 5.9 cm, mounted on the front cover of copy A of Images de Provence (Private collection).

    Fig. 1. Marcel Pautot, Grasse (ca. 1951), hand-colored sculpted print, 5.9 x 5.9 cm, mounted on the front cover of copy A of Images de Provence (Private collection).

    The 22 sculpted prints of Marcel Pautot’s Images de Provence (1952) constitute an unlikely achievement: a completely original and utterly charming depiction of eastern Provence, from the hand of a sculptor mainly concerned with medals and perfume bottles. It is one of four volumes1 in which Pautot revived the peculiar fin-de-siècle medium of the gypsograph. …Read more



    1. The text of Images de Provence mentions two prior books illustrated by Pautot: Le Pêcheur de lune and Préludes by Madeleine Luce. I have failed to locate any copies of this last work, or any published references to it, beyond one, undescribed copy sold at auction in September 2014. The fourth book is Pautot’s second volume of Provence scenes. []

  • Arcadia Unbound: Early Dutch Landscape Prints and the Amenissimae aliquot regiunculae of 1616 by Jan van de Velde II

    Fig. 1. Esaias van de Velde (attributed to), Arcadian Landscape (early 17th century), woodcut on blue paper, unique impression of the first state, 18 x 25 cm. Collection of the New York Public Library. Photo: Robert Fucci.

    Fig. 1. Esaias van de Velde (attributed to), Arcadian Landscape (early 17th century), woodcut on blue paper, unique impression of the first state, 18 x 25 cm. Collection of the New York Public Library. Photo: Robert Fucci.

    The theme of Arcadia in 17th-century Dutch printmaking is inextricably linked to the rise of a naturalistic landscape tradition in the newly independent Northern Netherlands …Read more

  • “Our joy be Arcadian, and free!” Arcadia in German Prints Around 1800

    Fig. 1. Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, Et in Arcadia ego (1801), etching, 40.9 x 52.7 cm, Charles Booth-Clibborn collection, London (Contemporary Editions Ltd, London).

    Fig. 1. Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, Et in Arcadia ego (1801), etching, 40.9 x 52.7 cm, Charles Booth-Clibborn collection, London (Contemporary Editions Ltd, London).

    The idealized land of Arcadia, referred to in art and literature since antiquity, held a special place in the imaginations of artists and writers in German-speaking countries around 1800.1 By the time Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832) addressed the subject …Read more



    1. The source of the phrase in the title is Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Faust, II, verse 9573: “Arkadisch frei sey unser Glück!” []

  • Master of the Floating World

    Katsushika Hokusai, Kudan Ushigafuchi (Ushigafuchi at Kudan) (ca.1804-1807), color woodblock print (nishiki-e), 18 × 24.5 cm. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. ©BnF, dist. Rmn-Grand Palais / image BnF

    Katsushika Hokusai, Kudan Ushigafuchi (Ushigafuchi at Kudan) (ca.1804-1807), color woodblock print (nishiki-e), 18 × 24.5 cm. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. ©BnF, dist. Rmn-Grand Palais / image BnF

    Restless, eccentric and obsessive, the Japanese woodblock master Hokusai (1760–1849) created a staggering, multifaceted oeuvre of some 30,000 works depicting a wide range of motifs in a variety of mediums, styles and moods. While he spent most of his life in Edo (now known as Tokyo), he moved a total of 93 times and ceaselessly reinvented himself as an artist …Read more