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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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. Call For Value.
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. Call For Value.
Joan Miro Série Noire et Rouge
Série Noire et Rouge (The Black and Red Series) by Joan Miró is a departure from his earlier, more whimsical work. The entire Black and Red Series is as a quintessential response to the social and political upheavals of the Spanish Civil War; a telling demonstration of the role of technique in artistic expression. The etchings were a pivotal stage of iconographic development in Miró’s visual language.
Despite the intimate scale of its composition, Série Noire et Rouge communicates a gripping power and visual complexity. The style and symbolism that is recognizably Miró is present in this series, but the childlike brightness is replaced by distress and anxiety. The colors are piecing and suggest violence. Miró said his works of this period “…mark the beginning of cruel and difficult years that the world lived through.”
The Spanish Civil War began in 1936. In 1938, after years of resistance and war, Miró’s native Catalonia was captured by the nationalist fascists. Spain continued to be under fascist rule for the next 36 years. As Miró stated during this period “We are living through a hideous drama that will leave deep marks in our mind.”
The Black and Red series shows Miró was a methodical worker who understood printmaking’s potential, not only a childlike genius. The eight compositions of the Black and Red Series show how Miro masterfully used printmaking’s sequencing possibilities. The narrative format suggests an unfolding story, with individual episodes contributing to a dramatic whole.
Série Noire et Rouge is an original etching in red and black on Arches paper and is referenced in Dupin 37. Série Noire et Rouge is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 30. For more information about Joan Miró or Série Noire et Rouge please contact the gallery. Call For Value.
Keith Haring Pop Shop IV Plate 1
Christian mythology clearly had a profound impact on Keith Haring’s use of angels, devils, madonnas, bleeding hearts, crucifixions and transubstantiations. Figures known as “radiant angels” are featured in the original silkscreen Plate 1 from the Pop Shop IV portfolio. Despite the social activism that is commonly associated with the AIDS and gay rights movement and Haring's artwork, religious symbols were seen in his most famous pieces such as the "Radiant Baby.”
Although Keith Haring was raised in a Protestant household, he encountered and voluntarily joined the 1970s "Jesus Movement" in his youth. He remained active in the church until his early teen years. Another explanation for his interest in religious imagery throughout his life could be the emerging tradition of pop artists of the 1980’s, such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to adopt the religious symbols of the religious right in an effort to confront religious sensibilities.
Haring's work is also known for its use of graphic, expressive line that capture the essence of urban energy. Lines that depict energized rays emanating from the angels, baby and other figures is a convention of medieval and Renaissance religious painting. For Haring, the lines around a figure indicates many types of energy: physical, auditory, spiritual, or sexual.
"Art is life and life is art” - Keith Haring
Plate 1 from the Pop Shop IV portfolio is an original silkscreen. Plate 1 is hand signed in pencil and is number 160 out of an edition 200. For more information about Keith Haring or Plate 1 please contact the gallery. Call For Value.