A la Brasserie Lipp
Hand-engraved black linocut
● Paper size: 7" x 9.5" / 18 cm x 24 cm
● Image size: 6.7" x 9" / 17 x 23 cm
● Paper: textured off white
● Ink: Charbonnel black
● Edition of 50 prints, signed and numbered, hand-printed on a press
● Part of my Paris Café series
This linocut pays hommage to the Brasserie Lipp, founded in 1880 and located on the Parisian Left Bank. Frequented by celebrities throughout its 140 years of existence, its somptuous Art Nouveau decor and a menu which hasn't changed in 60 years attest to the their veneration of tradition! The brasserie was classified as a historic monument in 1989.
In his memoire A Movable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote about his years as a struggling ex-pat journalist in 1920s Paris. At the Brasserie Lipp, "the beer was very cold and wonderful to drink. The pommes a l’huile were firm and marinated and the olive oil delicious. I ground black pepper over the potatoes and moistened the bread in the olive oil. After the first heavy draft of beer I drank and ate very slowly. When the pommes á l’huile were gone I ordered another serving and a cervelas. This was a sausage like a heavy, wide frankfurter split in two and covered with a special mustard sauce. I mopped up all the oil and all of the sauce with bread and drank the beer slowly until it began to lose its coolness and then I finished it and ordered a demi and watched it drawn.”
Other famous regulars include: Belmondo, Vincent Lindon, Kate Moss, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Scarlett Johansson, Sophie Marceau, to name just a few.
To make my art prints, I transfer my original sketch onto a block of lino which I cut out with special gouges. I hand pull my art prints on a press, one at a time.
Each linocut is a unique and original piece of art. Slight differences in each print are inherent in the process.
The print is sold unmounted and unframed but fits in a standard 18 cm x 24 cm frame.