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Les Papillons Metamorphses Terrestres Des Peuples De L’Air
Recounting a marvelous experience ….
While visiting Dallas a few years ago, I stopped by a gallery named, Beaux Arts. It specializes in 16th to 19th century antiquarian prints, rare maps and quality reproductions. The gallery also provides advisory services (beauxartsart.com).
I asked a member of the staff if they had prints featuring butterflies, and lo and behold, they had the beautiful 2-volume series, “Les Papillons Metamorphses Terrestres Des Peuples De L’Air,” by Amedee Varin (Tex, by Eugene Nus and Antony Meray, 1852) See: http://bit.ly/tEW9Qo.
Suffice it to say that in addition to perusing the entire gallery, I spent a great deal of time looking at each and every print in the series. It was a delightful experience I shall never forget. If you have the good fortune to visit Beaux Arts in person, plan to spend some time just as you would an art museum. If you are a fan of botanical prints, you will also be enchanted.
I was pleased to learn Beaux Arts has its own in-house printing press; one can acquire reproductions of “Les Papillons” for a very reasonable cost, and they are printed on thick paper of exceptional quality. The colors are intense like jewels.
In case you might have an interest, I reference the pages below.
~ Online list of “Les Papillions” prints: http://bit.ly/vXOWnm
~ Beaux Arts brochure for “Les Papillons”: http://bit.ly/rvFuRx
As anyone reading my Tumblr blog will discover, I am a fan of butterflies and the North American Butterfly Association (naba.org). In fact, I hope to launch a “Texas Butterfly Print Project” in partnership with Flatbed Press, the proceeds from which would support the new National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas (see: http://slidesha.re/rRQhIJ).
While the prints at Beaux Arts are antique (and my print project will include modern artists), they were such a pleasure to discover, that I had to share them with you. “Les Papillons” are a very welcome addition to my personal knowledge of butterfly imagery.
Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas is a marvelous place; it is co-owned by longtime friends Mark Smith and Katherine Brimberry.
Here is one print I’ve acquired over the years from Flatbed, a scissor-tailed flycatcher woodcut by David Everett. Flatbed is a fine art press that can also produce extraordinarily large prints and is a full-service shop (I own one print that is six feet long, in fact). There is also space set aside for exhibitions, which are ongoing throughout each year. I urge everyone to stop by and have a look when next in Austin.
As an aside, I hope once the economy improves to embark upon the Texas Butterfly Print Project, and overview of which can be studied here:
Proceeds from the fine art print set will support the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas (naba.org), which is one of the most intense areas for butterflies in the world. Mark and I developed the concept originally (it has been very well planned), and once we secure funding, we are ready to go!