60 years of engraving in France

For the 60th anniversary of its creation last May the Pointe & Burin association organised a superb exhibition at the Fondation Taylor in Paris. It closed its doors on 20 May after receiving a record number of visitors, over 1,000 over the 18 days of the exhibition.

The exhibition paid tribute to 80 engravers, among them several current or deceased Academy members, including Erik Desmazières, Albert Decaris and Jean-Marie Granier. The 120 subscriber prints published by the association since its creation in 1956 were also on display.

At this event, ARCHES®, in partnership with its distributor Antalis, was honoured to award its prize to Nathalie Grall, an international reference in the engraving world.

The Pointe & Burin association was created in 1956 at the instigation of Edouard Goerg who was asked by the Conseil Supérieur des Beaux-Arts to teach aqua fortis at the printmaking workshop where Robert Cami (teacher and head of the intaglio engraving workshop at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts) was in charge of teaching burin and drypoint.

Edouard Goerg encouraged the students to find their own artistic personality with total freedom, rather then trying to inspire them to follow his own personal aesthetic orientation. The result was the emergence of a diverse range of talents that he believed needed to be promoted by an association. At the time the only association that existed was the Peintres Graveurs Français, the society of French painter-engravers, of which he was president himself, and whose acceptance criteria were the fame and international renown of the artists. Now perfectly differentiated talents were bursting onto the scene, to the point where Edouard Goerg though that his students could form the core of an association of young engravers whose aim would be to promote their own talent; it could exist alongside the society of Peintres Graveurs Français, whose members were co-opted because they were already famous, and Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, which had a more international outlook.

As he could not found this new association himself, he suggested to Camille Quesneville, a printmaker and intaglio engraver, that he create the Pointe & Burin foundation.

At each of its exhibitions Pointe & Burin hosts a guest of honour from among its contemporaries whose work it considers particularly significant. Notable previous guests of honour have included Dunoyer de Segonzac, Roche, Dubreuil, Cami, Hasegawa, Bersier, Clairin, Jaquemin, Decaris, Picasso, Lars Bo and of course Goerg himself.

For several years now Pointe & Burin has been supported by the Fondation Taylor, which has enabled it to widen its exhibition policy and its audience among artists and amateurs.


Who was Taylor?

Baron Isidore Taylor, born in Brussels on 5 August 1789, was a French playwright and precursor of the Romantic movement, a man of art and philanthropist. In the 1840s, he set up a series of mutual societies for theatre performers (1840), musicians (1843), painters, sculptors, architects, engravers and draughtsmen (1844) and inventors and industrial designers (1845). He was also one of the founders of the Société des Gens de Lettres (Society of Men of Letters). The Fondation Taylor that bears his name is a daughter organisation of these different societies. Founded in December 1844, it is an association of painters, sculptors, architects, engravers and draughtsmen whose aim is to spread knowledge of the arts by means of mutual assistance between artists. Since it was created, it has been run by elected volunteers from the art world. The Foundation has gradually developed thanks to generous bequests and donations, which today enable it to fund several prizes and bursaries for artists.

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