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 Andy Warhol Trial Proofs
The spectacular image shown here will be familiar to many fans of Andy Warhol's artwork as Pine Barrens Tree Frog from the artist's 1983 portfolio Endangered Species (two other examples from this famous series, Bighorn Ram and Grevy's Zebra, can be seen below). The vivid colors of this particular screenprint, however, are unique and one of a kind, produced as part of an edition of trial proofs, or TPs, that Warhol executed in advance of the printing of the series' regular edition of 150. Trial proofs are prints pulled during the proofing process of an edition and which often reflect color and compositional changes; during the proofing of Endangered Species Warhol experimented with different color combinations on each print to decide which would be used for the regular edition. Thus these proofs provided Warhol an opportunity not just to perfect and standardize the layout and composition of the prints' regular edition but to experiment with wholly new color combinations as well. Warhol began the practice of pulling a small edition of one-of-a-kind TPs with his 1980 portfolio Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century; these were signed, numbered, and designated "TP" prior to being sold. Warhol went on to produce numerous other portfolios with TP editions, including Myths, Details of Renaissance Paintings, Reigning Queens, Ads, and Cowboys and Indians. In some cases, as with the Pine Barrens Tree Frog above, the proofs remained unnumbered as they were intended not for commercial distrubution but for Warhol's personal use. For a limited time, Georgetown Frame Shoppe is thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind screenprint for sale along with two other trial proofs from the same series, San Francisco Silverspot and Orangutan. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own not just a beautiful work of art but a unique testament to Warhol's visionary creative process. Pine Barrens Tree Frog has been hand signed by Andy Warhol and measures approximately 39 1/2" x 39 1/2" unframed. CALL FOR VALUE
Original Endangered Species Screenprints by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol's famous Endangered Species portfolio features portraits of ten animals who in 1983 were listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's annual "red list" of species facing extinction worldwide. Among these were the Bighorn Ram, re-imagined here with Warhol's electrifying palette and vivid linework. Bighorn sheep, so named for the large, curved horns that designate the males of the species, were once central to the Apsaalooka, or Crow, people of the American West and featured prominently in their mythology. Numerous natural formations have been named for the animals, including the Bighorn Mountain Range in northern Wyoming and the Little Bighorn River, site of the famous Battle of Little Bighorn led in 1876 by General George Custer (who features in another Warhol portfolio, Cowboys and Indians). Over the years the sheep's population, once numbering in the millions throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, decreased to several thousand by 1900, primarily as a result of hunting and disease. A 1930 intiative by the Boy Scouts of America led to the establishment of two bighorn game ranges in Arizona, and further efforts at reintroduction and hunting reduction have allowed the species' numbers to make a significant comeback. As of today, only one of the three subspecies of bighorn sheep remains on the endangered species list. Conservation was a cause near and dear to Warhol's heart, a fact surprising to those more familiar with his flamboyant party-going in New York and Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. Actually, Warhol committed even more than his artwork to raising awareness of animal endangerment: upon his death, his beachfront property in Long Island was gifted to the Nature Conservancy by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The property, encompassing 15 acres of the ecologically significant Montauk Moorlands, is now known as the Andy Warhol Preserve. Bighorn Ram has been hand signed in pencil by Andy Warhol and is numbered 77/150. It measures approximately 38" x 38" unframed. CALL FOR VALUE
Original Screenprints by Andy Warhol
This striking original screenprint was published in 1983 as part of Andy Warhol's Endangered Species portfolio. Along with Grevy's Zebra, pictured here, the portfolio includes nine other large and vivid portraits of threatened animal species from around the world, including a bald eagle, a Siberian tiger, and a giant panda. Though arguably not as controversial or provocative as some of his earlier subject matter, Endangered Species was nonetheless an important collection to Warhol, a lifelong animal lover. The inspiration for the portfolio arose out of a series of discussions with Ronald and Frayda Feldman, a pair of political and environmental activists committed to sponsoring groundbreaking exhibitions and installations at their art gallery in New York. Ronald Feldman commissioned the portfolio from Warhol in 1983, and the screenprints have since gone on to become some of the most recognized and sought-after of Warhol's collected works on paper. Grevy's Zebra was printed on Lenox Museum Board in vivid hues with Warhol's signature linear reiteration highlighting the zebra's beautiful striped markings. Contrary to popular belief, the Grevy's zebra was named not for the French naturalist who first described it in 1882, but for Jules Grevy, the then-president of France. Originally native to the semi-arid scrubland and plains of east Africa, the Grevy's zebra population suffered a serious decline after decades of hunting and habitat loss and are now to be found only in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Nonetheless, thanks to legal protection and a series of hunting bans, the zebras' population has been considered stable since 2008. Perhaps Andy Warhol played a role in awakening the world to the plight of these beautiful animals. Grevy's Zebra has been hand signed by Andy Warhol and is numbered 79/150. It measures approximately 38" x 38" unframed and is in fantastic condition. CALL FOR VALUE
Original Lithographs After Rene Magritte
This captivating portrait of a nude woman in semi-profile is entitled Magie Noir (Black Magic), and was created after an original 1935 oil painting by Rene Magritte of the same name. The woman Magritte chose as his model was his wife, Georgette, who features prominently in many of his compositions. Magritte, the famed Belgian painter whose iconic works have become shorthand for the Surrealist art movement spawned in the 1920s, enjoyed using his art to challenge viewers' preconceived notions of reality. His witty and irreverent images often feature ordinary objects in unusual contexts and underscore the unreliability of pictures as transmitters of truth. Much as The Treachery of Images, his famous 1929 painting of a pipe, reflects on the futility of putting the depicted object to use, the beautiful muse in Magie Noir is likewise removed from any engagement with the viewer apart from the purely visual. Here Magritte has also imposed a visible duality between the grounded solidity of the stone in the foreground and the celestial reach of the sky beyond, to each of which half of the woman's body seems to belong. Magritte saw this contrast as representing "the intellectual and physical qualities of a human being...seen from another point of view, they are not unrelated." This gorgeous lithograph was produced in 1979 after the original painting and has been hand signed in pencil by Georgette Magritte. It is numbered 108/200 and is in fantastic condition. Magie Noir measures approximately 29" x 20" unframed and 36" x 29 1/2" framed. $3,500