Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Illustrating the Good Life: The Pissarros’ Eragny Press. 1894-1914

At their Eragny Press, Lucien and Esther Pissarro choreographed a dance between image and text that presaged Bruce Roger’s definition of a beautiful book. Eragny books honor works that are touchstones of the Good Life as the Pissarros understood it: a life lived with respect for one’s self, for others, and for the natural environment. Their books conjure landscapes, evoke love songs and poetry, celebrate the joys of daily life, and re-tell fairy tales from England, France, Belgium, China and the Ancient Near East. Here, for the first time, the authors and subjects of Eragny Press are analyzed to shed light on the Pissarros’ goals as artists.

This remarkable collection is now on display at the Sacramento Public Library’s Sacramento Room through the end of March. The collection - comprised of various editions and woodcuts - belongs to the Sacramento Room. Room hours are Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 1-5 and Thursday, 1-8. The exhibition's assembly has been made possible, in part, by the New York Council for the Humanities, and grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the Thomas Poynton Ives Fund.

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