JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, R.C.A.
DERRIÉRE LE MIROIR, 1966 AND 1968 DELUXE EDITIONS, SOLD TOGETHER WITH A 1974 EDITION
Maeght Éditeur, Paris
1966 and 1968 luxe editions in rigid portfolios with matching slipcases, both signed, and numbered 98/150 and 131/150, respectively
15.5 ins x 11.5 ins; 39.4 cms x 29.2 cms
As a promotional feature to accompany exhibitions, Aimé Maeght, of the famous Galerie Maeght in Paris, developed a programme of fine print and book publishing featuring original work by the artists the gallery represented. In 1946, Maeght published the first volume of Derriére le Miroir (Behind the Mirror). These periodicals included original prints, usually lithographs, unbound so they could be framed (without the pinholes caused by binding). Subscribers enjoyed the information provided by the publication and the opportunity to acquire original print work by great artists. Aimé and his son Adrien were both accomplished lithographers and worked cooperatively with the artists they featured. An unanticipated consequence of this collaboration was that artists began to develop a better understanding and appreciation of this media.
Private Collection, New Brunswick