Original Signed Lithographs, Etchings, Linocuts & Aquatints

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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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  • Andy Warhol Mao

    Mao is one of a series of silkscreened portraits of the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol. Bruno Bischofberger, Warhol’s dealer, suggested that Warhol create portraits of the most important figure in the 20th century. Bruno suggested Albert Einstein, who Warhol did make a portrait of later in 1980 for the Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century portfolio. 

    China’s communist leader might have seemed an odd choice for an artist known for his focus on the objects of everyday American life like Campbell’s soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles, but painting Mao encapsulated everything that made Warhol tick: fame, an image inherently pop due to its incessant mass reproduction by the Communist Party, and the possibility of subverting a communist icon into a commercial, consumeristic one.

    Warhol said “I have been reading so much about China. They’re so nutty. They don’t believe in creativity. The only picture they ever have is of Mao Zedong. It’s great. It looks like a silkscreen." This image mirrors representations that were displayed throughout China during and after the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). His red rouge and yellow eyes resemble graffiti. These details can be interpreted as commentary on the resemblance of Communist propaganda to capitalist advertising media.

    Mao is an original screenprint on Beckett High White paper and is referenced in Feldman II.97. Mao is hand signed in ballpoint pen on verso and is an edition of 195/250. For more information about Andy Warhol or Mao please contact the gallery. SOLD

  • Pablo Picasso Seigneur Et Fille

    When Looking at  Seigneur Et Fille (Lord and Girl), I began to wonder about Pablo Picasso’s personal relationship to this pair and the European aristocracy. Picasso’s parents were a fairly successful artist and an arts professor, and he grew up middle class. As a young man, he was rejected by the family of his first love because his social background was not sufficiently distinguished. Picasso said himself that this is the reason he pursued his first wife, Olga Koklova, a ballerina and Russian noble.

    There was also the larger cultural “phenomenon” of the aristocratic patronage of the avant-garde. Picasso once said “Art is near chaste. Art is dangerous.” While there was lots of pressure during this time; political, economic and otherwise, he found a way to stay true to his various artistic visions. 

    Seigneur Et Fille is a beautiful, dignified, yet erotic depiction of an aristocrat. Picasso's art can be described in one word: power. Here we see the confident, powerful mark-making responible for his dynamic figures. The decisive lines create a compelling image as the two figures gaze toward each other.

    Seigneur Et Fille is an original lithograph on arches wove paper and is referenced in Bloch 870 and Mourlot 318. Seigneur Et Fille is signed in pencil and is an edition of 22/50. For more information about Pablo Picasso or Seigneur Et Fille please contact the gallery. SOLD

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled (Head)

    At the age of 7,  Jean-Michel Basquiat was hit by a car while playing in the street. Recovering from his severe injuries in hospital, his mother gave him a copy of Gray’s Anatomy, the famous medical textbook. From the pages of this classic, Basquiat would forever be fascinated by the complex internal construction of the human body, in contrast to its more mundane outward appearance. In Untitled (Head), the artists fascination with the juxtaposition of the interior against the exterior is clear.

    Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a "springboard to deeper truths about the individual." Many of his figures allude to inner turmoil being released and shown outwardly to the world. He said “I don’t think about art when I’m working. I think about life."

    Basquiat first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. In his short and largely troubled life, Jean-Michel Basquiat nonetheless came to play an important and historic role in the rise of Punk Art and Neo-Expressionism in the New York art scene.

    Untitled (Head) is an original Screen print on paper from an edition of 85. Untitled (Head) is signed and dated by the executor of the estate to the verso ‘Gerard Basquiat 11-19-01”. For more information about Jean-Michel Basquiat or Untitled (Head) please contact the gallery. SOLD.

  • Roy Lichtenstein Refections on Soda Fountain

     Reflections on Soda Fountain by Roy Lichtenstein is an example of one of his screen prints based off of an image from a comic strip. In the screen print, Lichtenstein adds the stripes of white streaks that cut diagonally across the image. This added element makes it seem like it is a page torn out of a book. 

    When interpreting a Lichtenstein, it is best to focus on the irony of the imagery and how it is combined with formal artistic mastery. In interviews, Lichtenstein was always hesitant about explaining the meaning of his work. Possibly the nearest he got was to say, “I take a cliché and try to organize its forms to make it monumental… The difference is not often great, but it is crucial.” It was clear Lichtenstein had a deep love for visual arts and classical works. When he wasn’t painting scenes from comics, he was inspired by paintings from art history. 

    In an interview touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lichtenstein demonstrated his deep knowledge for formal artistic theory while he reflected on the old masters and works. ”Matisse is very great -- I don't mean to put him down -- but Picasso's colors are even more daring, wild and strong. Not wild like the German Expressionists, who painted figures green. Picasso's colors grew inevitably out of his style. And he seemed to understand art so fundamentally that he could generate wholly different styles, each of which had its own particular tonality.”

    Reflections on Soda Fountain is an original screenprint on Rives BFK paper and is referenced in Corlett 257. Reflections on Soda Fountain is hand signed in pencil. For more information about Roy Lichtenstein or Reflections on Soda Fountain please contact the gallery. SOLD.