The “Testament of Don Quixote”: François Maréchal: copy corresponding to the work no. 46 of the graphic and bibliophile collection “Tiempo para la Alegría” (and No. 4 of “Tempus Gaudii”), from the Casariego Publishing House, Madrid, 1987.
Graphic work included: two points and ten woodcuts by François Maréchal, with texts by Francisco de Quevedo, and introduction by Juan F. Aramo.
Techniques: xylographs and points.
Edition certified, numbered and limited to 195 copies + XXV.
Features: 12 originals in black and color (support 28 x 38 cm and spots 23.5 x 31.5 cm).
The “Testament of Don Quixote” by Francisco de Quevedo and Villegas has been a propitious subject for one of the accomplished masters of engraving, François Maréchal. Edition composed by two buriles and ten xilografías. “From a mole of güesos / to hard sticks and stones, / Don Quixote de la Mancha / lies ailing and without forces / …” Thus begins the Quevedo romance, in which the poet sings the last moments of the life of the Walking Knight. Maréchal, an artist of the drama of the man and chronicler of social injustice, finds in this argument of the misfortunes of the fantastic manchego hero an excellent occasion to reach fullnesses in him accustomed. The procedures used by Maréchal, teacher of practically all the techniques of the art of the stamping, especially of the xylography, have enriched remarkably the collection.
François Maréchal Bissey, French painter and engraver based in Spain since 1963. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Le Mans and in the workshops of José Manaut Viglietti, Julio Moisés, Dimitri Papageorgiu. In 1991 he was appointed Correspondent Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid. He has illustrated, among others, the bibliophile editions: “The Liberators”, “Bestiario”, by Pablo Neruda, “Testament of Don Quixote”, by Francisco de Quevedo, “Tribute to Rembrandt”, etc.
His works are in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, Museum of Modern Art in Mexico, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Art and History in Friborg (Switzerland), Museum of Contemporary Engraving in Marbella, Museum of Modern Art Of San Francisco, National Library of France, National Library of Spain, Royal Library of Brussels, Museum of the Woodworking of Capri (Italy), IVAM of Valencia, Paper Museum of Basel (Switzerland), etc.
The “Time for Joy” Collection (and “Tempus Gaudii”) by Editorial Casariego is made up of 50 artist books, presented in a branch, and with 564 graphic works representing artists from the 60s and 70s, being a project Editorial and artistic of first order.
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