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In praise of reading

Visual art can take you to unknown worlds and stir in you strong emotions and feelings but, as the writer François Mauriac said, reading can also, like art, be an "open door to an enchanted world". Indeed, between the pages of a book you can encounter new characters and discover stories and other universes.

The act of reading is also associated with many memories; not only the memories of all the stories you’ve read but memories of school and homework, or that deliciously calm afternoon spent reading your favourite book.

Through books, libraries, writing and texts, this selection celebrates reading as a universal and intimate act.

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Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
32 x 32 x 4 cm
Drawing

€2 500

Daniel Barroso, Lectrice, Painting

Daniel Barroso

Lectrice, 2014
80 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

€1 500

Reinhard Gorner, Library of the Abbey in Waldsassen, Bavaria, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Library of the Abbey in Waldsassen, Bavaria, 2015
152 x 160 x 3 cm
Photography

€5 039

Raffaella Benetti, Librarsi, Sculpture

Raffaella Benetti

Librarsi, 2017
43 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€1 500

Leticia Felgueroso, Lectura, Photography

Leticia Felgueroso

Lectura, 2017
42 x 50 cm
Photography

€605

Michel Ajerstejn, Machine , Photography

Michel Ajerstejn

Machine , 2009
90 x 75 x 2 cm
Photography

€1 600

Lilly Sotirova, Book of life, Painting

Lilly Sotirova

Book of life, 2012
75 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

€970

Charlotte Fröling, Still life with books and a globe, Photography

Charlotte Fröling

Still life with books and a globe, 2015
60 x 90 cm
Photography

€2 850

Guillaume Bourquin, La relativité, Painting

Guillaume Bourquin

La relativité, 2016
89 x 93 x 3 cm
Painting

€1 800

Antonio Matallana, Livre, Painting

Antonio Matallana

Livre, 2015
27 x 22 x 3 cm
Painting

€4 500

2flui, Conviction, Painting

2flui

Conviction, 2016
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

€450

Chilpéric Desrez, Le Grand Livre, Tome 1, Sculpture

Chilpéric Desrez

Le Grand Livre, Tome 1, 2016
55 x 15 x 35 cm
Sculpture

€630

Claire Fontaine, Untitled (What is freedom?), Print

Claire Fontaine

Untitled (What is freedom?), 2012
120 x 90 cm
Print

€2 500

Grégory Chiha, Le Code, Painting

Grégory Chiha

Le Code, 2009
130 x 97 x 1 cm
Painting

€2 000

Alice de Miramon, Livre de vacances, Drawing

Alice de Miramon

Livre de vacances, 2016
17 x 23 x 3 cm
Drawing

€230

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska, Diaries II, Print

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska

Diaries II, 2017
10 x 15 cm
Print

€110

Guela Patiachvili, Machines 5-6, Painting

Guela Patiachvili

Machines 5-6, 2015
100 x 81 x 4 cm
Painting

€4 900

Marek Okrassa, A reading one, Painting

Marek Okrassa

A reading one, 2015
65 x 73 cm
Painting

€2 500

Aleksandra Makowska, The untitled book, Print

Aleksandra Makowska

The untitled book, 1999
5.5 x 7.5 cm
Print

€150

Amélie Lainé, Cascade Evangélisée, Photography

Amélie Lainé

Cascade Evangélisée, 2017
60 x 40 cm
Photography

€750

Patricia Simsa, La lectrice, Painting

Patricia Simsa

La lectrice, 2010
64 x 72 cm
Painting

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Lionel Borla, C'est l'arme qui a fait l'oeuf, Painting

Lionel Borla

C'est l'arme qui a fait l'oeuf, 2014
30 x 30 cm
Painting

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Ben, Nothing important, Painting

Ben

Nothing important, 2014
50 x 61 cm
Painting

€14 000

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Les livres de Colette, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Les livres de Colette, 2016
120 x 120 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€3 200

Natalia Kuznetsova, La liseuse à la perle, Painting

Natalia Kuznetsova

La liseuse à la perle, 2005
90 x 100 cm
Painting

€1 600

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe, Ah la lecture !, Sculpture

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe

Ah la lecture !, 2013
17 x 25 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€1 800

Charlotte Barrault, Justine, Painting

Charlotte Barrault

Justine, 2016
100 x 81 x 4 cm
Painting

€1 800

Lionel Borla, Corps paysage 1, Painting

Lionel Borla

Corps paysage 1, 2016
56 x 76 cm
Painting

€1 650

Anna Karpowicz-Westner, Afternoon with a book, Painting

Anna Karpowicz-Westner

Afternoon with a book, 2017
40 x 50 cm
Painting

€2 400

Daniel Waks, La lectrice, Photography

Daniel Waks

La lectrice, 2015
60 x 40 cm
Photography

€1 500

Tanguy Tolila, Livre ouvert 15079, Painting

Tanguy Tolila

Livre ouvert 15079, 2015
27 x 39 x 3 cm
Painting

€650

Guillaume Bourquin, La terre est ronde, Painting

Guillaume Bourquin

La terre est ronde, 2016
97 x 130 x 3 cm
Painting

€4 000

Daneïs, L'encrier, Print

Daneïs

L'encrier, 1982
29 x 37 cm
Print

€190

Said Dokins, Shin Sei, Painting

Said Dokins

Shin Sei, 2017
50 x 50 cm
Painting

€1 800

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska, Books of Legends II, Print

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska

Books of Legends II, 2017
10 x 15 cm
Print

€110

Angel Mateo Charris, Donde los Escorpiones, Painting

Angel Mateo Charris

Donde los Escorpiones, 2015
95 x 65 cm
Painting

€5 200

Manfred Hamm, Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, Photography

Manfred Hamm

Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, 1989
70 x 100 x 4 cm
Photography

€19 000

Daniel Barroso, Lectora, Painting

Daniel Barroso

Lectora, 2013
100 x 70 cm
Painting

€1 700

Lionel Borla, Graphic Bathers 9, Painting

Lionel Borla

Graphic Bathers 9, 2016
18 x 38 cm
Painting

€280

Daneïs, Livre et encrier, Print

Daneïs

Livre et encrier, 1982
26 x 39 cm
Print

€190

Guillaume Bourquin, La Mort de Virgile, Painting

Guillaume Bourquin

La Mort de Virgile, 2016
89 x 93 x 3 cm
Painting

€2 000

Brankica Zilovic, Totem - Détail - Encyclopédie medicale Cystite, Drawing

Brankica Zilovic

Totem - Détail - Encyclopédie medicale Cystite, 2016
30 x 30 x 7 cm
Drawing

€1 500

Daneïs, Livres et Pâquerettes, Print

Daneïs

Livres et Pâquerettes, 1982
48 x 66 cm
Print

€280

Reinhard Gorner, Milich'sche Library I, Görlitz, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Milich'sche Library I, Görlitz, 2016
127 x 130 cm
Photography

€3 741

Tanguy Tolila, Livre ouvert 15076, Painting

Tanguy Tolila

Livre ouvert 15076, 2015
28 x 39 x 3 cm
Painting

€650

2flui, Credulity, Painting

2flui

Credulity, 2016
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

€450

Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
32 x 32 x 4 cm
Drawing

€2 500

Daneïs, Livre et fleurs de pommier, Painting

Daneïs

Livre et fleurs de pommier, 1990
33 x 41 cm
Painting

€4 900

Adele Moreau, Home without Hands, Framed, Sculpture

Adele Moreau

Home without Hands, Framed, 2016
40 x 50 x 7 cm
Sculpture

€1 000

Tanguy Tolila, Livre ouvert 15050, Painting

Tanguy Tolila

Livre ouvert 15050, 2015
21 x 31 x 3 cm
Painting

€550

J. Cavailles, Carnet de curiosités, Drawing

J. Cavailles

Carnet de curiosités, 2015
25 x 18 x 5 cm
Drawing

€650

León Ferrari, Árbol embarazador, Print

León Ferrari

Árbol embarazador, 2009
56 x 38 cm
Print

€1 000

JonOne, Urban Calligraphy, Print

JonOne

Urban Calligraphy, 2009
100 x 70 cm
Print

€3 400

Brankica Zilovic, Totem détail - Esprit de famille, Drawing

Brankica Zilovic

Totem détail - Esprit de famille, 2015
30 x 30 x 7 cm
Drawing

€1 500

Reinhard Gorner, Neustift Abbey library, Photography

Reinhard Gorner

Neustift Abbey library, 2016
127 x 151 x 3 cm
Photography

€3 800

Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
32 x 32 x 4 cm
Drawing

€2 500

J. Cavailles, Carnet de curiosités, Drawing

J. Cavailles

Carnet de curiosités, 2015
25 x 18 x 5 cm
Drawing

€650

Gipé, C.4, Drawing

Gipé

C.4, 2016
42 x 29 x 1 cm
Drawing

€450

Takala, La plume - Série Les Caprices de Madame Bovary, Photography

Takala

La plume - Série Les Caprices de Madame Bovary, 2013
55 x 55 x 4 cm
Photography

€750

Sébastien Masson, Bibliothèque, 3, Photography

Sébastien Masson

Bibliothèque, 3, 2016
75 x 50 x 2 cm
Photography

€1 400

León Ferrari

Argentina

Leticia Felgueroso

Spain

Amélie Lainé

France

Said Dokins

Mexico

Aleksandra Makowska

Poland

Antonio Matallana

Spain

Charlotte Fröling

Sweden

Chilpéric Desrez

France

Manfred Hamm

Germany

Brankica Zilovic

Serbia

Anna Karpowicz-Westner

Poland

Sébastien Masson

France

Daneïs

France

Grégory Chiha

France

2flui

France

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

France

Daniel Barroso

Argentina

J. Cavailles

France

Daniel Waks

France

Lilly Sotirova

Bulgaria

Gipé

France

Patricia Simsa

France

Lionel Borla

France

Joanna Wiszniewska Domanska

Poland

Alice de Miramon

France

Marek Okrassa

Poland

Charlotte Barrault

France

Guela Patiachvili

Georgia

Angel Mateo Charris

Spain

Raffaella Benetti

Italy

Tanguy Tolila

France

Claire Fontaine

France

Sergio Ceccotti

Italy

Michel Ajerstejn

France

Guillaume Bourquin

France

Adele Moreau

United Kingdom

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe

France

Takala

France

Reinhard Gorner

Germany

Peter Wüthrich

Switzerland

JonOne

United States

Natalia Kuznetsova

Russian Federation

Ben

France