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 Lithographs from Daphnis and Chloe
This beautiful lithograph by Marc Chagall is entitled Noon, In Summer, and comes from Chagall's famous portfolio Daphnis and Chloe. A series of 42 lithographs illustrating the eponymous tale by the Greek poet Longus, Daphnis and Chloe is inarguably one of Chagall's most famous and best loved works of art on paper. Chagall became enamored of Greek history and culture during a trip to the isles in the 1950s, and used this abding interest as inspiration for a number of other works on paper, most notably In the Land of the Gods, a portfolio illustrating poetic passages from ancient Greek poets such as Aeschylus and Aristophanes. Daphnis and Chloe was composed in the second century A.D. and tells the story of two orphans, a young goatherd and a shepherdess, raised together but by separate parents, who each receive a very different education in the ways of love as part of their upbringing. The setting for the story, brought to vivid life by Chagall's trademark jewel-like tones and richly-hued palette, is the pastoral island of Lesbos. Chagall sprinkled his illustrations with numerous visual references to traditional Greek art, architecture, and mythology while incorporating elements of his own beloved folk imagery: nymphs, fawns, satyrs, and sheep are depicted against a backdrop of lush countryside studded with classical temples in a seamless and ebullient work celebrating love, history, discovery, and the passing of the seasons. Noon, In Summer, pictured above, features both lovers glorying in the ripeness and heady pleasures of summer, in which Daphnis "piped in playful rivalry with the murmuring pines" and "they picked bright flower blossoms or shook the fruit down from the trees and enjoyed the sweet flavor." For a limited time, Georgetown Frame Shoppe is pleased to offer the complete suite of lithographs from Daphnis and Chloe for sale; please contact the gallery for more information. Each lithograph measures approximately 16 1/2" x 12 5/8" unframed and is in excellent condition. CALL FOR VALUE
Unique Original Trial Proofs by Andy Warhol
This vivid original screenprint is entitled Moonwalk and was executed by Andy Warhol in 1987. The image is based on a NASA photograph taken by Neil Armstrong of Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walking on the moon for the first time in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. This screenprint is a unique trial proof, or TP, published in advance of the regular edition of 160 screenprints. As with most of Warhol's TPs, the colors in this piece are highly individualized and differ greatly from those he eventually used in the printing of the regular edition of Moonwalk. The Apollo 11 flight was the groundbreaking NASA mission that landed humans on the surface of the moon for the first time, effectively ending the so-called Space Race of the 1960s and fulfilling the late President John F. Kennedy's goal in 1961 "of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth" within a decade. The United States had been in overt competition with the Soviet Union to be the first to successfully complete a manned mission to the moon and to bring back lunar soil for study. On July 13th, 1969, three days before Apollo 11's launch, the Soviet space program launched Luna 15, an unnmanned probe that successfully reached lunar orbit only to crash on the moon's surface as a result of a malfunction, just two hours before the American astronauts lifted off for their return to Earth. A live television broadcast of Neil Armstrong's descent from the lunar module was transmitted by mounted slow-scan TV camera to a rapt audience on Earth, along with an audio recording of Armstrong's famous statement that the achievement represented "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The event marked a watershed moment in American and world history; for Warhol, the definitive chronicler of his generation's most salient and seminal images, figures, and icons, the American lunar landing was a natural subject for reinterpretation as artwork. Sadly, Warhol never saw the project carried through to completion: due to his untimely death the same year that Moonwalk was produced, the entire series remained unsigned by the artist. NASA later displayed one of Warhol's Moonwalk screenprints as part of their exhibition NASA/ART: Fifty Years of Space Exploration, which went on view at Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2011. This spectacular TP measures approximately 38" x 38" unframed and 41" x 41" framed. It is numbered TP 3/66 and bears Warhol's printed signature; it has been authenticated on the verso by Rupert Jasen Smith and Ronald Feldman, the printer and publisher of Moonwalk, and the executor of the Andy Warhol Estate. SOLD
Original One-of-a-Kind Proofs by Andy Warhol
This gorgeous original screenprint by Andy Warhol is entitled San Francisco Silverspot and comes from his 1983 portfolio Endangered Species. Its unique colors and untrimmed margins designate it as a trial proof, or TP, pulled in advance of the regular edition of 150 screenprints issued for the publication of the portfolio. This one-of-a-kind work comes from the private collection of Jon Gould, Warhol's companion in the early 1980s. Gould was a onetime dance major who went on to work in advertising for Rolling Stone magazine and who later found great success marketing blockbuster films such as Flashdance and the Indiana Jones franchise for Paramount. Warhol and Gould met in 1980 and the two embarked on a five-year bicoastal relationship despite a 25-year difference in age. In addition to their shared love of travel, the relationship was also marked by Warhol's stewardship of Gould's artistic collection, with Warhol guiding its development and augmenting it with many of his own original masterpieces given as gifts. Among these were the San Francisco Silverspot, which, along with the unique proof of the Pine Barrens Tree Frog shown below, was intended for Gould's personal use. Gould's collection also included a complete set of Warhol's diamond-dusted Myths portfolio of screenprints from 1981. Gould even commissioned a few portraits of himself, executed by Warhol in the same hyper-feminizing style made famous in his earlier renderings of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Gould died in 1986 of complications from AIDS at the age of only 33; fittingly, some scholars interpret the Endangered Species series, with its ten majestic portraits of animals on the verge of extinction, as a tragic tribute to the AIDS epidemic then ravaging the country. Warhol died the following year following bladder surgery. This beautiful San Francisco Silverspot stands as a testament to Jon Gould and to the affection and admiration that Warhol felt for him. The screenprint's deeply personal history lends it a particular poignancy in the glimpse it gives us into the complexities of Andy Warhol's private life. San Francisco Silverspot is an unsigned and unnumbered proof measuring approximately 39 1/2" x 39 1/2" unframed. SOLD
Original Screenprints by Roy Lichtenstein
This iconic original screenprint by Roy Lichtenstein features one of the most famous interiors in the entire world: the Oval Office in the west wing of the White House. It was executed in 1992 as part of the Artists for Freedom project, a series of prints and multiples designed by artists such as Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, and Red Grooms to benefit the Democratic National Committee during Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. The same image was later reproduced as a commemorative inaugural poster under the heading "A New Generation of Leadership" and was also featured on a campaign pin, which Lichtenstein himself suggested should be manufactured in an oval shape. Lichtenstein produced a painting by the same name in January of 1993, after the editions of both the screenprint and the poster had been released. Prior to his composition of the original image, Lichtenstein was granted special access to the interior of the Oval Office in order to accurately record certain decorative details therein such as the paintings that were hung on the walls at the time; during the Clinton administration such works included Norman Rockwell's Statue of Liberty and Childe Hassam's The Avenue in the Rain. In 1996, Lichtenstein and his wife, Dorothy, gifted Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art with an original Oval Office screenprint from the same edition of 175 as the one pictured above. In 2012, in conjunction with the National Gallery's exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, and to commemorate the forthcoming inauguration of President Barack Obama, The Oval Office was put on special display in the museum. The Oval Office is clearly a piece of art with a special relationship to Washington, D.C. and to American political history as a whole. Here, the pinnacle of the "corridors of power" in the United States is represented with Lichtenstein's characteristic cartoon-like whimsy, bringing a touch of levity to a space of immense historical and present-day significance. The Oval Office is hand signed in pencil by Roy Lichtenstein and numbered 33/175. It measures approximately 45 1/2" x 35 1/2" unframed and is in fantastic condition. SOLD