A historical place
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Located at 49, rue du Monparnasse, Idem studio was originally built by the printer Emile Dufrenoy in 1880, as a space to install his lithographic presses.
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Today, the surface area of the studio covers about 15,000 sq feet on two floors:
• The ground floor houses a double row of Voirin and Marinoni flatbed machines, installed under an immense glass roof. Designed in the 19th century, and powered by a gas steam boiler, these historic machines are operated by a pulley and belt-driven system.
• The second floor is home to a collection of hand presses, used to make the preparatory tests for prints, as well as several small drawing studios and a photography lab.
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The Michard Printing Company occupied the studio from the 1930s to the 1970s, specializing in the printing of geographic maps. 1976 heralded the arrival of the renowned Mourlot Printing Studio.
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Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988) and his brothers effectively brought about the renaissance of art lithography in Paris between the two World Wars. They worked successively with Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Dubuffet, Braque, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger, Cocteau, Calder, and many other masters of 20th century painting. Here, in his last studio on rue Montparnasse, Mourlot made his final prints, using the historic lithographic presses that have produced so many of modern lithography’s finest works.
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Fernand Mourlot’s son, Jacques Mourlot, continued his father’s work until November 1997, when the Mourlot Company changed its name, and is now known as Idem.

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