Shakespeare and Company
Hand-engraved black linocut
● Paper size: 15.5" x 20" / 39 cm x 50 cm
● Image size: 11.7" x 16.5" / 29.7 x 42 cm
● Paper: off white Hahnemühle 230g
● Ink: black, Charbonnel noir vignette luxe
● Edition of 20 prints, signed and numbered, hand-printed on a press
● Part of my Paris Café series
This linocut is made from my original sketch inspired by the Paris bookstore and café Shakespeare and Company, located on the Seine across from Notre Dame Cathedral. Opened in 1951 by the American George Whitman, his bookstore is a tribute to Sylvia Beach’s original 1920s shop frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and James Baldwin, among others.
“I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations.” —George Whitman
To make my art prints, my original sketch is transfered onto a block of lino which I cut out with special gouges. I hand pull each print on a press, giving it a slightly embossed texture.
Each linocut, printed one at a time, 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 is shown here in a standard 40 cm x 50 cm frame.
Ships from France in a heavy-duty cardboard art tube using a tracked postal service.
Copyright remains with the artist.