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Prints, photographs, and posters
BnF’s collections of prints, built up by the Bibliothèque Royale from the 17th century onwards and added to by the introduction in 1632 of the legal deposit scheme for prints, bring together works by ancient and contemporary French and foreign engravers: Dürer, Callot, Rembrandt, Goya, Hokusaï, Picasso, Matisse, Tapiès, Jim Dine, etc. Most of these collections are held by the Prints and Photographs department.
BnF’s collections of French engravings represent virtually the entire production of prints in France from the 17th century onwards, and continue to grow with the addition of works by contemporary artists and items produced by printing shops (URDLA, Arte-Maeght, Linard, etc.).
The collection brings together unique sets of works, including, for example, the following:
Several departments at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand) also have prints in their old collections. Examples include the nine volumes of plates forming part of the 20 volumes of the Description de l’Egypte, published between 1809 and 1828 following Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Where to consult the documents ?
Dossier L’estampe moderne et contemporaine à la BnF. Chroniques n°44 (été 2008) [fichier .pdf – 559 Ko – 7 p.]
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