Derrière le Miroir Lithographs: A lot of art for a very small investment

Derrière le Miroir  - “Behind the Mirror” was a French art and literary journal published from 1946 through 1982.  Aimé Maeght was a prominent gallery owner and lithographer in Paris and Barcelona. Following World War II he created the publication as a way to make the work of important modern artists affordable and accessible to a wide audience.  The publication featured artists exhibited by Maeght Gallery including many of the most significant artists of the 20th century: Miro, Calder, Kandinsky, Chagall, Giacometti, Leger, Kelly, etc.


Each issue of Derrière le Miroir included exceptionally high quality loose leaf original lithographs (a few issues also had original etchings or woodblock prints) created by the artists for the publication.  The prints are unsigned and unnumbered because the artist authorized the printing by Maeght Gallery rather than printing the lithographs themselves. These lithographs have become highly collectible.  They are generally less expensive than signed numbered prints by the same artists, and provide a great opportunity for new collectors to own high quality original lithographs that will maintain their value over time.  

 

Authenticity of Derrière le Miroir lithographs is relatively easy to determine.  The images are very high quality and is always printed on paper that is 11 x 15 inches, 22 x 15 inches, or 33 x 15 inches.  The double size lithographs (22 x 15 inches) will have a single crease down the center of the lithograph, and the triple size lithos (33 x15) will have two creases where the lithographs were folded to fit into the publication.  These creases do not negatively impact value, however any other creases or damage should be considered.

One nice thing about these lithographs is that the sizes of the one-page lithographs look perfect in a standard size 16 x 20 inch frame when a mat is professionally cut, so new collectors can spend very little money on framing and more on growing a collection.  The two-page lithographs also fit nicely into standard size frames.

Below is a comprehensive list of all of the issues of Derrière le Miroir.  We were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase a large collection that included every issue from the 1960's and 70's as well as other issues and several duplicates.  We are constantly adding more of the collection to our website. If you are looking for a particular lithograph that you don’t see on our website, please contact us at contact@sheaferking.com, and follow us on instagram @sheaferking to keep in touch and see what’s new.

Comprehensive list of Derrière le Miroir issues:

1946–1947

No. 1 Le noir est une couleur

No. 2 Sur 4 murs

No. 3 Rigaud

No. 4 G. Braque

No. 5 Les mains éblouies

No. 6 Baya (peintre)

1948

No. 7 Jean Villeri

No. 8 Jean Peyrissac

No. 9 Pierre Pallut

No. 10 E. Béothy

No. 11–12 Bram et Geer van Velde

No. 13 Germaine Richier

No. 14–15 Joan Miró

1949

No. 16 Hans Hofmann

No. 17 Paul Eluard – Roger Chastel

No. 18 Chauvin

No. 19 Kurt Seligmann

No. 20–21 L'art abstrait

No. 22 Les mains éblouies

No. 23 Jean Bazaine

No. 24 Adam

1950

n°25–26 G. Braque

No. 27–28 Chagall

No. 29–30 Miró

No. 31 Calder

No. 32 Les mains éblouies

No. 33 Arp

No. 34 Raoul Ubac

1951

No. 35 Hirshfield

No. 36-37-38 Sur quatre murs

No. 39–40 Alberto Giacometti

No. 41 Tendance: Germain-Kelly-Palazuelo-S.Poliakoff

No. 42 Kandinsky 1900–1910

1952

No. 43 Bram van Velde

No. 44–45 Chagall

No. 46–47 Matisse

No. 48–49 G. Braque

No. 50 Tendance Octobre 1952

No. 51 Geer van Velde

1953

No. 52 Lam

No. 53–54 Steinberg 1953

No. 55–56 Bazaine

No. 57-58-59 Miró

No. 60–61 Kandinsky

1954

No. 62–63 Dessins indiens du Tumuc-Humac

No. 64 Tal-Coat

No. 65 Giacometti

No. 66-67-68 Marc Chagall: Paris

No. 69–70 Calder

No. 71–72 G. Braque

1955

No. 73 Palazuelo 55

No. 74-75-76 Raoul Ubac

No. 77–78 Kandinsky: Période dramatique 1910–1920

No. 79-80-81 F. Léger

1956

No. 82-83-84 Tal-Coat

No. 85–86 Braque

No. 87-88-89 Miró – Artigas

No. 90–91 Chillida

No. 92–93 10 ans d'éditions: 1946–1956

1957

No. 94–95 Derain

No. 96–97 Bazaine

No. 98 Alberto Giacometti

No. 99–100 Chagall

No. 101-102-103 Kandinsky

1958

No. 104 Palazuelo

No. 105–106 Ubac

No. 107-108-109 Sur 4 murs

No. 110 Kelly

No. 111 Derain

1959

No. 112 Editions Maeght 1958

No. 113 Calder

No. 114 Tal-Coat

No. 115 G. Braque

No. 116 Fiedler

No. 117 Maeght Editeur 1959

1960

No. 118 Kandinsky: 1921–1927

No. 119 Poètes, Peintres Sculpteurs

No. 120 Tal-Coat: Dessins d'Aix 1947–1950

No. 121–122 Maeght Editeur 1960

1961

No. 123 Miró: Céramiques Murales pour Harvard

No. 124 Chillida

No. 125–126 Miró

No. 127 Giacometti

No. 128 Miró: Peintures murales

No. 129 F. Fiedler

No. 130 Ubac

1962

No. 131 Tal-Coat

No. 132 Chagall

No. 133–134 Der Blaue Reiter 

No. 135–136 Georges Braque – Pierre Reverdy

1963

No. 137 Palazuelo

No. 138 Georges Braque: Papiers collés 1912–1914

No. 139–140 Miró – Artigas

No. 141 Calder

1964

No. 142 Ubac

No. 143 Chillida

No. 144-145-146 Hommage à Georges Braque

No. 147 Chagall

No. 148 La Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght à St.Paul 

No. 149 Kelly

1965

No. 150 5 peintres et 1 sculpteur

No. 151–152 Miró: Cartons

No. 153 Tal-Coat

No. 154 Kandinsky: Bauhaus de Dessau 1927–1933

No. 155 Fondation Maeght

1966

No. 156 Calder

No. 157 Steinberg

No. 158–159 La Revue Blanche

No. 160 Riopelle

No. 161 Ubac

No. 162 Francis Bacon

1967

No. 163 Rebeyrolle

No. 164–165 Miró: l'oiseau solaire, l'oiseau lunaire, étincelles

No. 166 Georges Braque: derniers messages

No. 167 François Fiedler

No. 168 Tàpies

No. 169 Aquarelles, album femmes, Hai-ku

1968

No. 170 Bazaine

No. 171 Riopelle

No. 172 Kemény

No. 173 Calder

No. 174 Chillida

No. 175 Tàpies

1969

No. 176 Le Yaouanc

No. 177 Rebeyrolle

No. 178 Pol Bury

No. 179 Kandinsky: Période parisienne 1934–1944

No. 180 Tàpies

No. 181 Artigas

No. 182 Chagall

1970

No. 183 Chillida

No. 184 Palazuelo

No. 185 Riopelle 70

No. 186 Miró: sculptures

Joan Miró 1970 Lithograph from "Derriere le Miroir," No. 186

No. 187 Rebeyrolle

No. 188 Adami

No. 189 Le Yaouanc

1971

No. 190 Calder

No. 191 Pol Bury

No. 192 Steinberg

No. 193–194 Miró: peintures sur papiers, dessins

No. 195 Maeght éditeur

1972

No. 196 Ubac

No. 197 Bazaine

No. 198 Chagall

No. 199 Tal-Coat

No. 200 Tàpies: objets et grands formats

1973

No. 201 Calder

No. 202 Rebeyrolle

No. 203 Miró

No. 204 Chillida

No. 205 Steinberg 73

No. 206 Adami

1974

No. 207 Cinq livres gravés

No. 208 Riopelle 74

No. 209 Pol Bury: sculptures à cordes

No. 210 Tàpies: monotypes

No. 211 Fiedler

1975

No. 212 Calder

No. 213 Garache

No. 214 Adami

No. 215 Bazaine

No. 216 Bram van Velde

1976

No. 217 Monory

No. 218 Riopelle 76

No. 219 Rebeyrolle: natures mortes et pouvoir

No. 220 Adami

No. 221 Calder

1977

No 222 Garache

No. 223 Arakawa

No. 224 Steinberg

No. 225 Chagall

No. 226 Lindner

1978

No. 227 Monory

No. 228 Pol Bury

No. 229 Palazuelo

No. 230 Gérard Titus-Carmel: suite Narwa

No. 231 Miró

1979

No. 232 Riopelle

No. 233 Alberto Giacometti': Les murs de l'atelier et de la chambre

No. 234 Tàpies

No. 235 Marc Chagall

No. 236 Kienholz

1980

No. 237 Garache

No. 238 Klapheck

No. 239 Adami

No. 240 Bram van Velde

No. 241 Lindner-Steinberg

No. 242 Chillida

1981

No. 243 Gérard Titus-Carmel

No. 244 Monory

No. 245 Noguchi: granits, basaltes, obsidiennes

No. 246 Chagall: lithographies originales

No. 247 Alechinsky

No. 248 Calder

No. 249 Takis

1982

No. 250 Hommage à Aimé et Marguerite Maeght

No. 251 Ubac

No. 252 Arakawa

No. 253 Tàpies
August 05, 2019 — Andrew King

Comments

Rhonda

Rhonda said:

Any interest in buying a very large collection of Derrière Le Miroir.
Some copies are duplicats.
It’s not a complete collection but I probably have around 200.

Kind Regards

Richard Stringfellow--Creamery Art Gallery

Richard Stringfellow--Creamery Art Gallery said:

I have an intact “Derriere Le Mirror” number 246 which contains 14 original Chagall lithographs , published in 1981that is in very, very good condition.

my phone is 206-478-4642

Susanne Leasure

Susanne Leasure said:

I have a 1964 Chagall from Derrière Le Miroir in addition to several posters from Galerie Maeght. Do you purchase them to resell to collectors? Could you estimate their value?

Willeam Vendel

Willeam Vendel said:

Hello,
Thank you for your email and greetings. I am collecting DLM and would be interested in the issues that I am missing. Please let me know prices on the following:
No. 20–21 L’art abstrait
No. 29–30 Miró
No. 36-37-38 Sur quatre murs
No. 46–47 Matisse
No. 48–49 G. Braque
No. 50 Tendance Octobre 1952
No. 51 Geer van Velde
No. 57-58-59 Miró
No. 60–61 Kandinsky
No. 74-75-76 Raoul Ubac
No. 77–78 Kandinsky
No. 79-80-81 F. Léger
No. 82-83-84 Tal-Coat
No. 85–86 Braque
No. 87-88-89 Miró – Artigas
No. 90–91 Chillida
No. 92–93 10 ans d’éditions
No. 98 Alberto Giacometti
No. 99–100 Chagall
No. 101-102-103 Kandinsky
No. 107-108-109 Sur 4 murs
No. 110 Kelly
No. 111 Derain
No. 112 Editions Maeght 1958
No. 113 Calder
No. 115 G. Braque
No. 117 Maeght Editeur 1959
No. 118 Kandinsky: 1921–1927
No. 119 Poètes, Peintres Sculpteurs
No. 121–122 Maeght Editeur 1960
No. 123 Miró: Céramiques Murales
No. 124 Chillida
No. 125–126 Miró
No. 128 Miró: Peintures murales
No. 132 Chagall
No. 133–134 Der Blaue Reiter
No. 135–136 Georges Braque – Pierre Reverdy
No. 137 Palazuelo
No. 138 Georges Braque
No. 139–140 Miró – Artigas
No. 143 Chillida
No. 144-145-146 Hommage à Georges Braque
No. 147 Chagall
No. 148 La Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght
No. 149 Kelly
No. 151–152 Miró: Cartons
No. 153 Tal-Coat
No. 154 Kandinsky
No. 155 Fondation Maeght
No. 158–159 La Revue Blanche
No. 162 Francis Bacon
No. 163 Rebeyrolle
No. 164–165 Miró
No. 166 Georges Braque
No. 168 Tàpies
No. 173 Calder
No. 174 Chillida
No. 175 Tàpies
No. 179 Kandinsky
No. 180 Tàpies
No. 182 Chagall
No. 180 Tàpies
No. 182 Chagall
No. 183 Chillida
No. 184 Palazuelo
No. 186 Miró: sculptures
No. 190 Calder
No. 193–194 Miró
No. 201 Calder
No. 203 Miró
No. 204 Chillida
No. 221 Calder
No. 231 Miró
No. 233 Alberto Giacometti’
No. 235 Marc Chagall
No. 246 Chagall
No. 250 Hommage à Aimé et Marguerite Maeght

Thank you!

Best regards:
Willeam

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