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 Watermelon Screenprint
Andy Warhol (b. 1928 - d. 1987) was a multi-media artist—predominantly a painter, commercial artist, printmaker, and filmmaker. He remains one of the most influential contemporary artists of the 20th century. About the time he created Watermelon, Warhol “retired” from painting and focused on prints, sculptures, and films. After surviving an attack on his life in 1968, Warhol became more immersed in high society, and created commissioned portraits of its members. In 1979, Andy Warhol created Space Fruit: Still Lifes—a six-piece portfolio of Apples, Pears, Peaches, Cantaloupes I & II, and a Watermelon. Warhol’s approach to the still life genre demonstrates a shift in his work from representational objects and portraits to more abstract forms. Warhol played with the traditional elements of composition (i.e., shape, color, and space) by layering blocks of color. He and his printer collaborator, Rupert Jasen Smith, incorporated line drawing and photographic elements into the silkscreens. The result makes the work more about the composition of the elements than the exact likeness of the watermelon. For this print, Warhol set up his still life by placing a watermelon on a white background, shining a strong light on it to cast dramatic shadows. Warhol was intrigued by shadows and the space they occupy. Warhol explores this interest further in his next set of portfolios, Shadows I, II, III, IV, and V.
We are pleased to offer Watermelon, one of the five available screenprints from this series. Watermelon is a screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, and measures 30” x 40” unframed. For more information about Warhol or Watermelon, please contact the gallery. SOLD.
Original Henri Matisse Pasiphae Linocuts
In 1944, Henri Matisse illusrated Henri de Montherlant’s contemporary retelling of Pasiphae. In Greek mythology, Pasiphae was the wife of King Minos and the mother of the Minotaur, the half-bull, half-human creature. Henri de Montherlant sat for a portrait for Matisse in 1940; it was during these sittings that the author and artist decided on a collaboration. Matisse admired de Montherlant’s dramatic retelling of the Pasiphae myth, and chose this story for the project. Matisse chose to use linoleum for the engravings; he preferred the soft, malleable material because it captured the subtle movements of his hand. After carving his designs, ink was applied to the uncovered sections of the block before being pressed to paper. For the printing, Matisse used a simple, yet dramatic, black background with white line; he took inspiration from ancient Greek painted vases. For each scene, Matisse selected a favorite phrase from de Montherlant’s Pasiphae and created several different linocuts. The images that Matisse created from each phrase took inspiration from to the tale’s universal themes of love, passion, and feminine beauty. For the 1944 publication, only one image per scene was printed. The alternate linoleum blocks were stored for a possible later edition; these prints appear in the 1981 edition, which was printed years after Matisse’s death under the supervision of his estate. Georgetown Frame Shoppe is proud to offer the complete 1944 Pasiphae portfolio. Plate 16: On dirait qu’elle ne m’a jamais vue (It Seems as if She Has Never Seen) exemplifies the style Matisse used in Pasiphae, with its simple, fluid white lines on a black background. The portfolio is hand signed by Matisse on the justification page, and numbered 111/200. Please contact the gallery for more information about Pasiphae, or about Matisse. SOLD
Original Jean Dubuffet Screenprints
French avant-garde artist Jean Dubuffet is considered one of the leading cultural rebels of the 20th century. Dubuffet was born in 1901 in Le Havre, France, the son of a prosperous wine merchant. At 17, Dubuffet began to study art in Paris; he left after only six months of classes, growing skeptical of what he considered “the artist’s privileged status”. He withdrew from the art world, and instead worked in factory jobs and at his family’s wine business. During this time, Dubuffet developed an interest in what he called “Art Brut”, or “Raw Art”: art that was created by those without any formal training, especially the mentally insane. He regarded Art Brut to be a more authentic and imaginative form of artistic expression, rather than formal, “traditional” art. In 1942, at the age of forty-one, Dubuffet decided to return to painting full time. His interest in Art Brut, and his complete rejection of formal art, influenced his style. His work comprised of simple, primitive images that emulated the spontaneous energy of Art Brut; his work was the “anti-art”, accessible to simple people. With other artists, writers, and dealers from Dada and Surrealist circles, Dubuffet founded the Compagnie de l’Art Brut. For the organizations first exhibition in 1949, Dubuffet published a manifesto in which he proclaimed Art Brut’s superiority over officially recognized art. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Dubuffet continued to experiment with his style, which was becoming increasingly more abstract. In printing, he experimented with textures by using sandpaper and chemicals to alter the surface of the prints. In the 1970s, Dubuffet became increasingly more involved with public sculptural installations. Jean Dubuffet died in Paris in 1985. This mesmerizing black and white screenprint, which was executed towards the end of Dubuffet's life, is Evocations from his Fables series. The screenprint exemplifies Dubuffet's style, with it's abstract, almost primitive forms that have an undeniable energy and movement. The screenprint is initialed and numbered 25/50 in pencil. It is approximatley 33 1/4" x 21 1/2" unframed, and 41" x 32" framed. For more information about Dubuffet or Evocations, please call the gallery. SOLD
Original Roy Lichtenstein Screenprints
On March 21, 1982, ABC broadcasted a two-hour, star-studded television special called "I Love Liberty". Produced by Norman Lear (who also produced sitcoms such as "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"), "I Love Liberty" commemorated the 250th anniversary of George Washington's birth. The special was taped in February 1982, in front of ten thousand people at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and included appearances by celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Robin Williams, and the Muppets. It was an extravaganza celebrating American values and patriotism, complete with rousing dance numbers and dramatic sketches. In conjunction with the television special, Roy Lichtenstein executed this eye-catching screenprint, also titled I Love Liberty. In I Love Liberty, Lichtenstein presents one of the most recognizable symbols of American freedom - the Statue of Liberty - in his iconic Pop Art style. Lady Liberty's three-dimensional form is reduced to simple lines and blocks of color set against a simple diagonally-striped background. Instead of showing the statue's full figure, Lichtenstein chose instead to crop in, showing only a portion of her face, arm, and aloft torch. Although only a portion of the statue is visible, the image is instantly recognizable. Lichtenstein's compostion juxtaposes contemporary American style with a long-standing symbol of American hisotry and patriotism. The overal effect is striking; the simplicity of the lines and colors, paired with a powerful icon, creates a demanding image. The Statue of Liberty was a popular subject for Lichtenstein; he used the image again in Painting with Statue of Liberty (1983), that is currently part of the National Gallery of Art's collection. Other artists, such as Keith Haring and Peter Max, have also used the iconic figure in their work. For more information about I Love Liberty, or other works of art, please contact the gallery. I Love Liberty is hand signed and dated in pencil, and is number 67/250.It measures 38 3/8" x 27 1/8" unframed and 44" x 32" framed. It is fully referenced in Corlett 192. SOLD