Library Exhibit: Souvenirs et portraits d’artistes, 1972

Our very own Katie Ziegler from Tech Services has put together a great display that you can find at the entrance to the library. The materials in this collection were donated to the library in 1986 and have been stored since then. These materials are now seeing the light of day once more, and we invite our community to come and view them.

Here is some information about the materials that Katie Ziegler provided for us:

Souvenirs et portraits d’artistes, 1972

Fernand Mourlot

Mourlot Studios, located in Paris, France, was known as the largest producer of artistic posters in the 1930s. It was also known to invite prominent artists to work on location within the studio to create original works which they then produced. This particular collection, put together by the Studio’s founder Fernand Mourlot, includes prints from 25 original lithographs created at the studios by artists such as Miro, Matisse, and Picasso.

This original edition is comprised of loose leaves while later editions were bound. Although this copy is number 270 of the 800 that were printed, only five libraries in the world are listed as owning one. Out of those five, this is the only copy in a United States library.

This work was donated to Berea College Hutchins Library by Thomas L. Hill and Dr. Kathleen Kulp-Hill, a professor of Spanish at EKU, in 1986 and now resides in the Special Collections Curio section.

The following images are now featured on the display case:

  • PABLO PICASSO, Le seigneur et la dame (M. 322)
  • JACQUES VILLON, Portrait d’une jeune fille
  • BERNARD BUFFET, Les ombelles
  • GRAHAM SUTHERLAND, Hybrid

The display is free and open to the public.  You can view it during regular library hours.

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