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.