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Erik Desmazières

Erik Desmazières

French (b.1948)

Erik Desmazières’ prints and drawings are fascinating explorations of places both real and imagined. In the artist’s hand, cities, battles, libraries, and various curiosities are all rendered with virtuosity worthy of the Old Masters but encompassing a contemporary cerebral twist. With the superb draftsmanship of Dürer, vision evocative of Piranesi, and a healthy dose of fantasy elements, Desmazières captures on paper intricately complex and dreamlike spaces and scenes.

Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1948 to a French diplomat, Erik Desmazières has been described as “arguably the finest French printmaker of his generation.” Soon after graduating from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1971, he decided to pursue a childhood fascination with drawing. At the suggestion of an artist friend, Desmazières enrolled at the Cours du Soir de la Ville de Paris to study printmaking.

Looking through Desmazières’ prints reveals his interest in a variety of themes: cities and buildings, battles and warriors, libraries and letters, wonder chambers and curiosities, comedies and characters. With each, the artist envisions an imaginary world unto itself. Using an idiosyncratic visual language that draws from the past while looking towards the future, Desmazières creates scenes of civilizations and eras that never were, but certainly feel as though they could have been. Even in his prints depicting real world locations, such as his Amsterdam Suite, the artist has the uncanny ability to make the scene feel both familiar and utterly foreign.

Desmazières has exhibited extensively, including international solo shows in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Rome, Zurich, Osaka, and Tokyo; and in the U.S., Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York, among others. His most recent show was a major retrospective at the Museé de l’Hospice Comtesse in Lille, France. Desmazières’ works are found in many prominent institutions including the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Rijksmuseum, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal, the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, and the Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco.

Desmaziéres has also received several artistic distinctions, including the prestigious Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris. He was elected into the Société des Peintres-Graveurs Français, where he has served as President since 2006. In 2009 he was inducted into the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.

The artist currently lives and works in Paris, France.

 

Print by Erik Desmazières: L'Atelier de Louis Icart, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2312×1612IN.
$6,500
L'Atelier de Louis Icart
Print by Erik Desmazières: Le Déluge, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
16×2314IN.
$3,500
Le Déluge
Print By Erik Desmazières: L'orangerie De Pressy At Childs GalleryQuick View
1834×2914IN.
$1,650
L'Orangerie de Pressy
Print By Erik Desmazières: Ville Rocheuse At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×1812IN.
$1,200
Ville rocheuse
Print By Erik Desmazières: Galerie Véro Dodat At Childs GalleryQuick View
1712×24IN.
$3,500
Galerie Véro Dodat
Print By Erik Desmazières: Ville Imaginaire At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×1812IN.
$1,650
Ville imaginaire
Print By Erik Desmazières: L'atelier De Marc Antoine At Childs GalleryQuick View
2514×1912IN.
$2,750
L'Atelier de Marc-Antoine
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Sac De Rome At Childs GalleryQuick View
2514×1914IN.
$3,500
Le Sac de Rome
Print By Erik Desmazières: Ville Septentrionale At Childs GalleryQuick View
1614×2314IN.
$2,400
Ville septentrionale
Print By Erik Desmazières: Coloquintes Devant Une Ville At Childs GalleryQuick View
734×934IN.
$1,800
Coloquintes devant une ville
Print By Erik Desmazières: L'atelier De Pascal At Childs GalleryQuick View
2514×1914IN.
$2,800
L'Atelier de Pascal
Print By Erik Desmazières: Terres Inconnues At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×2314IN.
Terres inconnues
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Crabe Devant La Ville Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
412×534IN.
$1,200
Le Crabe devant la ville II
Print By Erik Desmazières: Jardin En Italie At Childs GalleryQuick View
814×1112IN.
$1,750
Jardin en Italie
Print By Erik Desmazières: Une Maman Apprenant à Son Fils à Voler At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×1112IN.
$1,250
Une Maman apprenant à son fils à voler
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Funambule At Childs GalleryQuick View
18×2514IN.
Le Funambule
Print By Erik Desmazières: Les Roues At Childs GalleryQuick View
2538×1912IN.
$3,250
Les Roues
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Miroir Des Vanites At Childs GalleryQuick View
1014×738IN.
$1,600
Le Miroir des vanites
Print By Erik Desmazières: Entrance Hall With A Globe At Childs GalleryQuick View
934×712IN.
$850
Entrance Hall with a Globe
Drawing By Erik Desmazières: Tourteau De Dos At Childs GalleryQuick View
11×15IN.
$1,800
Tourteau de dos
Drawing By Erik Desmazières: Chat Endormi At Childs GalleryQuick View
814×534IN.
$1,400
Chat endormi
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Choiseul At Childs GalleryQuick View
2414×1712IN.
$2,500
Passage choiseul
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Du Bourg L'abbé At Childs GalleryQuick View
2438×1758IN.
$2,650
Passage du Bourg l'Abbé
Print By Erik Desmazières: New Year's Card At Childs GalleryQuick View
812×4IN.
$400
New Year's Card
Print By Erik Desmazières: Tulipes At Childs GalleryQuick View
1134×8IN.
$2,250
Tulipes
Print By Erik Desmazières: Atelier René Tazé, Villa Du Lavoir At Childs GalleryQuick View
1834×28IN.
$2,800
Atelier René Tazé, Villa du Lavoir
Print By Erik Desmazières: A Fleur De Pierre At Childs GalleryQuick View
15×19IN.
$900
A Fleur de Pierre
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Magasin De Robert Capia At Childs GalleryQuick View
2814×3514IN.
$6,500
Le Magasin de Robert Capia
Print By Erik Desmazières: Views Of Amesterdam: The Amstelhof (vues D'amsterdam: Het Amstelhof) At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×22IN.
$10,000
Views of Amesterdam: The
Print By Erik Desmazières: Views Of Amsterdam: Herengracht (vues D'amsterdam: Herengracht) At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×22IN.
$10,000
Views of Amsterdam: Herengracht (Vues d'Amsterdam: Herengracht)
Print By Erik Desmazières: Views Of Amsterdam: Entrepotdok (vues D'amsterdam: Entrepotdok) At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×22IN.
$10,000
Views of Amsterdam: Entrepotdok (Vues d'Amsterdam: Entrepotdok)
Print By Erik Desmazières: Views Of Amsterdam: 's Lands Zeemagazijn (vues D'amsterdam: 's Lands Zeemagazijn) At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×22IN.
$10,000
Views of Amsterdam: 's
Print By Erik Desmazières: Views Of Amsterdam: The Scheepvaarthuis (vues D'amsterdam: Het Scheepvaarthuis) At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×22IN.
$10,000
Views of Amsterdam: The
Print By Erik Desmazières: Etiquette, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
18×6IN.
$10,000
Etiquette, from Le Magasin
Print By Erik Desmazières: Frontispice, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×14IN.
$10,000
Frontispice, from Le Magasin
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Grand Orgue Pneumatique, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×14IN.
$10,000
Le Grand orgue pneumatique,
Print By Erik Desmazières: Le Bureau Des Ordres, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×14IN.
$10,000
Le Bureau des ordres,
Print By Erik Desmazières: Travée Est Ouest, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
Travée est-ouest, from Le
Print By Erik Desmazières: Les Réserves Est Ouest, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
Les Réserves est-ouest, from
Print By Erik Desmazières: La Coursive Nord Sud, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
La Coursive nord-sud, from
Print By Erik Desmazières: Les Escaliers Côté Est, From Le Magasin Central Des Imprimés At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×13IN.
$10,000
Les Escaliers côté est,
Print By Erik Desmazières: Chronique Maritime At Childs GalleryQuick View
11×8IN.
$1,000
Chronique maritime
Print By Erik Desmazières: L'ecroulement At Childs GalleryQuick View
22×17IN.
$2,500
L'Ecroulement
Drawing by Erik Desmazières: Jeune garcon allonge, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
14×16IN.
$950
Jeune garcon allonge
Watercolor By Erik Desmazières: La Salle Chopin (de La Salle Pleyel) At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×18IN.
$2,800
La Salle Chopin (de la Salle Pleyel)
Print By Erik Desmazières: Galerie Vivienne At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×17IN.
$2,500
Galerie vivienne
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Choiseul At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×17IN.
$2,650
Passage choiseul
Print By Erik Desmazières: Passage Du Caire At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×24IN.
$2,650
Passage du Caire
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