A little chronology

After a few years of apprenticeship in « pure » lithography in different places in Paris (Cassé, Détruit, Bellini, Clot Bramsen et Georges), Luc Valdelièvre starts his own workshop in the Ricard offices by the Gare de l'Est. But, there, the only type of work possible is the arm press and more room is required for an electric press. Then it's the opening of Pousse Caillou with Perlette Attlan, rue de Lappe in 1974 in Paris. At that time there is a lot to do in printing and after four years, it gradually becomes obvious that tehre is need for more space as well as more equipment to offer larger formats of printing.

Luc and Perlette Valdelièvre then decide to leave Paris and start a new studio in Roquefort des Corbières, in the south of France, not far from the seaside, where the way of life is totally different.
The idea seems to have attracted quite a few artists already in the area though there is no tradition of lithography. All the artists who have worked at Pousse Caillou have appreciated both its quietness and its relaxation. The effort required to move to Roquefort is largely offset by the quality of the life.

In 1988, the studio grows bigger with the arrival of a new machine that offers a different format : 120 x 160 cm. This new facility attracts lots of artists, a great step for the studio.

In 1999, Luc Valdelièvre passed away and the workshop completely stops its activity.

Read the article from the magazine Printmaking Today, by James Burr (lien vers article)

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