Original Signed Lithographs, Etchings, Linocuts & Aquatints
Georgetown Frame Shoppe, established in 1989 in Washington, DC, is a leading fine art print dealer. We specialize in buying and selling works on paper by Contemporary and Modern Masters.
Our collection of lithographs, etchings and linocuts emphasizes artists such as Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Francisco Goya, Roy Lichtenstein, and Bernard Buffet. Please feel free to call or email us for further information and pricing.
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Original Takashi Murakami Lithographs
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and is arguably one of the most influential and prolific Japanese pop artists to emerge during the late twentieth century. Murakami enrolled in the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in the 1980s, eventually receiving his doctorate in Nihonga in 1993. Nihonga is a nineteenth-century style of Japanese painting that combines Eastern subject matter with Western painting techniques. The popularity of Japanese anime and manga, however, had an outstanding impact on the artist. Murakami believed that the otaku culture- the interest in Japense cartoons and video games - was more representative of modern-day Japan. Murakami blended his training in traditional Japanese painting with Japanese pop culture references to create his iconic “Superflat” style. Murkami’s work is instantly recognizable for bright, candy-colored images of cartoon-like characters that are depicted within a flattened, two-dimensional picture-plane. His work seamlessly blends “high art” (work typically seen in galleries) and “low art” (cartoons and commercial art). While Murakami was well known in pop art circles in Japan and the US by the beginning of the 2000s, it was his partnership with Louis Vuitton in 2003 that made him an artist-celebrity. Applying his trademark style to the traditional “LV” logo, Murakami simultaneously reinvigorated the Louis Vuitton brand, and made himself a household name. Murakami continues to produce work today through his “factory”, KaiKai Kiki, and continues to push the boundaries of pop art. This fantastic offset lithograph on wove paper, Homage to IKB, 1957C, is a stunning example of Murakami’s Superflat style. The smiling, cartoon-like flowers are a favorite motif of the artist. The lithograph is hand signed in silver ink, and numbered 130/300. It measures 20 3/8” x 28 5/8” unframed, and approximately 42” x 34” framed. $2,500 framed
Original Sam Francis Lithographs
This impressive lithograph, titled Beaudelaire, was created by the American abstract expressionist artist Sam Francis (1923-1994). In 1943, Francis began his studies as a pre-med student at the University of California, Berkely; his studies came to a halt, however, when he was called into military service during World War II. He was seriously injured in a plane accident during training, and spent several years bedridden in military hospitals. While in the hospital, Francis learned to paint as a way to express his frustrations with being bedridden. After being released from the hospital in 1947, Francis returned to the University of California, Berkely, changed his focus to art, and received his BA and MA. While studying in California, Francis was greatly influenced by American Expressionism, particularly by artists like Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still. With the support of the GI Bill, Francis spent the greater part of the 1950s living and working in Paris, and later in New York, Europe, and Tokyo in the 1960s. Although he maintained several studios in California, Francis also kept work spaces abroad throughout his career. Sam Francis was a prolific artist, and a dedicated printmaker; he founded the Litho Shop, Inc. in 1970 to print and publish his works on paper. His work - both paintings and works on paper - is dramatic, and is often characterized by vivid colors. It frequently references the strong influences that abstract expressionism, color field painting, Japanese art, and French impressionism had on him. Sam Francis is largely considered one of the Twentieth Century's leading abstract expressionist artists, and one of the first post-war American artists to gain international fame. Created in 1986 towards the end of his career, Beaudelarie exemplifies Francis’ work, with its vibrant color and drip and splatter-like composition. It is hand signed is numbered 36/43. It measures 59” x 42” unframed. CALL FOR VALUE
Original Henri Matisse Lithographs
This stunning lithograph, titled Odalisqe, Brasero et Coupe de Fruits, is a fantastic example of Henri Matisse’s artistry in printmaking. Matisse, one of the most renowned painters of the twentieth century, worked in printmaking for more than fifty years. By the time of his death in 1954, he had completed more than eight hundred lithographs, woodcuts, linocuts, and monotypes. For Matisse, printmaking was a personal process, and an extension of drawing; he usually turned to printmaking after long, intense periods of painting. Unlike many artists who relied on close relationships with master printers in their workshps, Matisse had an etching press installed in his studio that allowed him to work as he pleased. The intimate nature of his working environment resulted in sometimes rather intimate prints; the intamacy of his prints are further evidenced by the artist's choice of subject matter. Matisse regularly used friends and family as subjects, as well as numerous female figures and nudes. Odalisques made up a great number of these nudes, and were a popular subject for Matisse in the 1920s, following a trip to North Africa. Dressed or semi-dressed in exotic attire, Matisse’s odalisques appear in a diverse array of poses, and are typically placed against a decorative background of patterned fabrics and oriental rugs. Created in 1929, Odalisque, Brasero et Coupe de Fruits is an outstanding example of Matisse’s female nudes. The lithograph numbered 95/100, and is hand signed in pencil. It measures approximately 22 1/4" x 14 7/8" unframed and 30” x 22” framed. It is fully referenced in Duthuit 504. CALL FOR VALUE
Original Pablo Picasso Aquatints From La Tauromaquia
In 1957, Pablo Picasso started a series of aquatints that paid homage to the eighteenth-century text La Tauromaquia, or The Art of Bullfighting. The text was written by the famous matador Jose Delgado Guerra, known as Pepe Illo, in 1796; the book was the first handbook published for bullfighters (toreros) and their fans ( aficianados). Picasso was first approached in 1926 by Barcelona publisher Gustavo Gili Sr. about the project; however, work on the portfolio came to an unexplainable halt for nearly thirty years. Picasso resumed work on the portfolio after Gustavo Gili Jr. reminded the artist of the commission in 1957; the completed portfolio was published in 1959. Picasso’s fascination with bullfighting began during his childhood, when he would attend bullfights with his father in their hometown of Malaga. His childhood notebooks from school are filled with sketches of matadors, bullrings, and picadors. The art of the bullfight -at once a performance and a ritual- remained an important theme for the artist, and one that Picasso continued to explore throughout his creative years. Picasso’s twenty-six aquatints laid out the sequence of steps in a bullfight -starting with the bulls in the meadow, and ending with the final stages of the fight. Picasso created the portfolio using a technique that was unusual for him: the sugar-lift aquatint, or lift-ground aquatint. Picasso painted directly on the copper plates using a brush dipped in acid. Picasso's use of the technique proved incredibly successful, creating the tension and action of the bullfight through suggestive shapes and lines. The cover page for the portfolio was created using the drypoint etching technique. This stunning aquatint, titled Suerte Llamada de Don Tancredo (The Luck of Don Tancredo), exemplifies the emotion that the sugar-lift aquatint technique allowed Picasso to evoke. Georgetown Frame Shoppe is pleased to offer the complete La Tauromaquia portfolio for sale. The portfolio consists of twenty-six aquatints and one drypoint etching. Each aquatint measures 14" x 11 1/2" unframed; each portfolio is hand signed and numbered on the justification page. $4,500 each