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About Derriere le miroir

In the postwar year 1946, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, owners of the Maeght Gallery in Paris, embarked on a publishing venture: in search of a kind of "forum" for the discussion and distribution of original graphic work by "their" artists, the idea of Derriere le miroir (Behind the mirror) was born.

Devoted exclusively to contemporary graphic work of artists represented by the gallery, the periodical Derrière le miroir served as both, exhibition catalogue for Maeght shows as well as forum for distribution of less expensive original graphic works.

Published up to six times a year, Derrière le miroir offered original graphics by such acclaimed contemporary artists as Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Jean Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Raoul Ubac and many others - and that for an incredible period of 36 years! In total, the enormous quantum of 201 issues was published, perfectly documenting the so-called "postwar period", what contemporary art is concerned.

Some numbers, in addition, were issued in limited "deluxe editions", which were numbered and almost always signed by the artist on the colophone, in addition to the regular edition.