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Philippe Mohlitz

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Le Voyage d’Hiver sold

Le Voyage d’Hiver   1982

Original line engraving with drypoint.

Brilliant impression, with exceptional clarity of line.
From the only edition of 120 signed and numbered proofs.


La Peste (The Plague) sold

La Peste (The Plague)   1970

Original line engraving.

Brilliant early proof impression, with exceptional clarity of line.
One of only 5 special proofs printed before the plate was steelfaced,
prior to the published edition. Inscribed in pencil by the artist “Avant aciérage IV/V”.

One of the artist’s most famous original line engravings. This large early work is still amongst the most sought-after of Philippe Mohlitz’s printed works.



Philippe Mohlitz is arguably the most technically refined and inventive original engraver to be working in the traditional manner in France today. His bizarre images of decay, war, and weird deserted lands are drawn from the realms of science fantasy, whilst following firmly in the Surrealist tradition. Rich in detail, his images of strange aviators aboard weird flying machines, balloons, ships, tanks and warfare, set in impossible landscapes, are filled with a pervasive sense of the macabre. Death haunts these visions and nightmares in their peripheral details of gruesome sexual content and morbid eroticism. The grotesque decaying corpses of buildings, machines and people, often overgrown with vegetation, fill these inspired works with horror and macabre delight.

Born in Bordeaux in 1941, Philippe Mohlitz studied the techniques of engraving at the studio of Jean Delpech in Paris in 1965, producing his first finished work in the medium that same year. His latent talent as a draughtsman is apparent even in his earliest works and his distinctive style appears to have emerged fully formed. Since his engraved work was first shown in 1967, Philippe Mohlitz has exhibited extensively worldwide. His superlative technique is distinguished by its refined handling, meticulous detail and smooth, flowing, continuous curves of unbroken engraved lines of carefully controlled weight. Already prized by connoisseurs, the astonishing and highly individual engravings of Philippe Mohlitz are destined to be regarded as the masterpieces of original engraving of this generation. [more]