Label Text: Atelier René Tazé V is one in a series of meticulously observed views of a Parisian studio belonging to master printer René Tazé. This print (V) might appear to be a mechanically produced negative image of another in the series, Atelier René Tazé IV (also in the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts). However, careful comparison reveals small differences that confirm the prints were pulled from unique plates. Reportedly, the artist was so taken with the reversed, negative image that appeared on the plate during the preparation of version IV, he determined to reproduce the strange, dark vision as a finished print. The result is a magical, “through the looking-glass” interpretation of reality, a place that is both familiar and surreal.