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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Marc Chagall (After) Sirène au Pine
In 1950, Chagall began working at Atelier Mourlot and paired up with master printer Charles Sorlier to learn the art of lithography. Atelier Mourlot, a Parisian printshop established in 1852 by the Mourlot Family, initially specialized in wallpaper. Under the direction of Fernand Mourlot, Atelier Mourlot expanded into printing art posters and then fine art lithographs, working with famous artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Alexander Calder. Over the course of Chagall’s career, he made over 300 lithographs with the print shop.
Sirene au Pine is a wonderful example of Charles Sorlier and Marc Chagall’s collaboration at Atelier Mourlot. For this lithograph, Sorlier started by printing trial proofs for Chagall to paint over with gouache or pastels. Sorlier then tests the colors and transcribes Chagall’s creation onto the stone.
Sirene au Pine is one of 12 lithographs in the 1967 Nice and the Côte d’Azur portfolio. Côte d’Azur, or the French Riviera, was home to Chagall from 1948 until his death in 1985. This lithograph incorporates region’s famous seascapes along with vibrant colors and fantastical imagery. This piece is hand signed and numbered by Marc Chagall, with Mourlot’s stamp on verso. SOLD
Marc Chagall Sacrifices Made to the Nymphs
Marc Chagall’s portfolio Daphnis and Chloe illustrates a novel of the same name written by the ancient Greek author Longus. Daphnis and Chloe are abandoned at birth and adopted by foster fathers on the island of Lesbos. Daphnis and Chloe grow up together, herding the flocks for their parents, and fall in love. Together they experience many trials and tribulations, protected throughout by the god Pan, before finally realizing their true fate. Daphnis and Chloe has served through the ages as the inspiration for nearly every love story that has followed including Romeo and Juliet.
Leading up to the creation of this portfolio, Marc Chagall faced many hardships as a WWII refugee and with the death of his first wife. Tériade commissioned Chagall to provide a series of illustrations for Daphnis and Chloe, believing that Chagall was uniquely suited to depicting this tale of young love triumphing over adversity, and that exposure to the light and sun of the Greek islands would also be a perfect tonic for his long-suffering friend. He remarried in 1955 and went on an extended honeymoon in Italy and Greece.
On the trip he made a series of sun-filled gouaches and pastel drawings. These preparatory studies became Sacrifices Made To The Nymphs and 41 other lithographs back in Paris with the master lithographer Fernando Mourlot. Fernando Mourlot called Daphnis and Chloe “a work of notable importance which, unquestionably, can be placed at the top of the list of illustrated works of our time.” Please call the gallery to purchase this signed and numbered lithograph and others from the Daphnis and Chloe Series. Call for Value
Roy Lichtenstein Haystack
Roy Lichtenstein October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody. Favoring the comic strip as his main inspiration, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions. Works like “Crak!” embody his popular advertising and comic book style.
By the 1970s, Lichtenstein had again shifted the focus of his subject matter to reflect reproductions of masterful works, reflecting on what precisely made fine art, “fine.” He reproduced works from Picasso to Matisse to Mondrian to Monet. Lichtenstein began exploring Monet’s haystacks as a subject in his painting. The prints based of of the paintings were created in 1969. The title of this print is sometimes given as “ Yellow Haystack”. The lines of the stack consist of very thick, black lines, characteristic of almost all Lichtenstein’s works.
Lichtenstein compared the Haystack paintings and prints saying “The prints are a little smaller, but that’s not significant. The paintings are all different images. In terms of exactness of placement and register, the prints are better, because they can be better controlled in thus medium. Working on canvas isn’t controllable in the same way. The paintings bear the tracks of corrections of various things. The prints are all worked out before-hand and appear purer.”
Haystack is a screenprint on C.M Fabriano-100/100 Cotone paper and measures 26 x 19 inches. For more information about Roy Lichtenstein or Haystack (Yellow Haystack), please contact the gallery. SOLD
Original Damien Hirst Mickey Screenprint
We are pleased to offer an original Damien Hirst screenprint, Mickey. This screenprint was first released for the 2014 grand opening of Other Criteria’s New York location. Other Criteria, Hirst’s art publishing company, printed two sets of limited editions: an edition of 50 larger-sized prints and an edition of 250 smaller-size prints, one of which we have in the gallery.
This print was based off of an original spot painting of the same name. Mickey, the painting, was auctioned as part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, February 13, 2012. Much of the proceeds went to Kids Company, a charity Hirst has long supported. Kids Company provides “practical, emotional, and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people.” Hirst collaborated with Kids Company to create some of his spin paintings.
“Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots. I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognizable - Mickey Mouse is such a universal and powerful icon.” — Damien Hirst
Hirst is not the only artist to collaborate with Disney to make work about the icon. Lichtenstein’s Look Mickey, Warhol’s Mickey Mouse, Claes Oldenburg’s Geometric Mouse and Mouse Museum are some examples of pop art inspired by the mouse.
(credits: press release, Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction 13 February 2012)