Tapis Magique (Magic Carpet) | Legacy Reserve Collection

Tehachapi Mountains, California

Legacy Reserve | Edition of 20

In 1975 when Mangelsen created his very first limited edition photograph, he made the decision to hold back his most valuable prints, numbered 1 to 20, so that one day as a career capstone they would be offered as part of a Legacy Reserve Collection. Many images featured in this collection have been sold out for more than a decade, complemented by recent masterworks destined to sell out in the future.

Initially reserved for museums, conservation nonprofits, and family members, collectors now have the unique opportunity to acquire Mangelsen’s “best of the best” photographs, to own one of the twenty numbers from his personal artist reserve. Each Legacy Reserve fine art collector will be invited to join the legendary photographer for an unforgettable Grand Teton Adventure.

Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as he is an artist, and thus a portion of the Legacy Reserve Collection proceeds will be donated to critical conservation issues close to his heart.

Item Number: 6156LR

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The Tehachapi Mountains of California are known for producing tidal waves of color during the botanical explosion known as “superbloom”. Here and only in years when the right amount of rainfall aligns with temperature, dozens of different species of wildflowers sweep across the hinterlands in a crazy quilt palette.

Speaking to the glowing scene in Tapis Magique—French for “Magic Carpet”— Thomas D. Mangelsen says the ephemeral nature of the bloom heightens its beauty and only occurs approximately every 10 years.

“What happens in the hills around Tehachapi is literally the meaning of ‘visual relief’. You feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz or maybe Alice just after she’s set foot in Wonderland,” he says. “Poppies erupt and they’re accented by the hues of wild daisies and dozens of other species. When you’re out in the middle of it, there’s actually a whir of butterflies and a purr of buzzing bees.”

As a panoramic, Tapis Magique (Magic Carpet) has found resonance worldwide, often likened to pastoral paintings by French Impressionists.


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