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The Detailed Worlds of Philippe Mohlitz

Childs Gallery is pleased to present our latest print exhibition, The Detailed Worlds of Philippe Mohlitz. A native of Bordeaux, France, Philippe Mohlitz (b.1941) is a printmaker known for both his technical mastery and imaginative, otherworldly compositions. His detailed engravings reveal a multitude of strange new worlds: decaying ruins, an abandoned airship, overgrown battlefields and scenes of war – impossible landscapes waiting to be explored. Mohlitz’s dream-like imagery has much in common with that of the French symbolists Odilon Redon (1840-1916) and Rodolphe Bresdin (1822-1885). Rich in detail,

his surreal images of crumbling architecture, shadowy medical wards, and fantastic mechanical contraptions recall both visions and nightmares.

Mohlitz’s worlds are at once playful and enchanting, haunted and macabre. In addition to his impressive imagination, Mohlitz is credited with reviving the art of engraving from a tendency toward stiff and stylized treatment. His fluid and intricate engravings defy our expectations of the medium; he brings to the technique a freedom of line and profusion of detail rarely seen since Albrecht Durer. Along with Erik Desmazières and Francois

Houtin, Mohlitz has emerged as one of the leading figures of a new generation of French printmakers referred to as the copperplate revivalists. Mohlitz has exhibited extensively worldwide and his work can be found in public collections throughout Europe and North America, including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His catalogue raisonné was presented in 1977 with an introduction by Walter Koschatsky, curator of the Albertina in Vienna.