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

Richard Tuttle, detail from Defining the Book: Scherenschnitt (2015).

Art in Art in Print No. 1: Richard Tuttle, Defining the Book: Scherenschnitt (2015)

Victoria Burge, detail from Island (2013).

Prix de Print No. 9: Island by Victoria Burge

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

KP Brehmer’s Realpolitik

  • 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

  • Paradise on Paper

    The allure of Arcadia arises in large part from the tension between nature and art. This dream-time and dream-place embodies not only the pastoral ideal of a simple life in harmony with nature, but also gives form to principles of virtue, love, otium (contemplation and leisure) and what we would now call creativity …Read more

  • Underground to Arcadia: London Transport Posters 1908–1914

    Alfred France, Hermes for speed, Eros for pleasure (1912), poster, 63.5 x 101.6 cm. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd, London. Published by Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd, London. ©TfL from the London Transport Museum collection.

    Alfred France, Hermes for speed, Eros for pleasure (1912), poster, 63.5 x 101.6 cm. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd, London. Published by Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd, London. ©TfL from the London Transport Museum collection.

    In 1908, the six-year-old Underground Electric Railways of London, later known as London Transport,1 began a pictorial poster campaign under the direction of Frank Pick (1874–1941).2 Previously, the Underground’s posters had been text-only and purely informational. …Read more



    1. The Underground Electric Railways of London Ltd (UERL), not only included subways and aboveground rail systems but trams and buses. In 1933, it became known as London Transport. []
    2. Pick joined the UERL in 1906 as an assistant to the chairman and was put in charge of publicity the following year. By 1912 he was commercial manager and in 1928 he became managing director. In 1933 he became vice chairman and chief executive. []

  • 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. []