This is an original five-color lithograph, created by Georges Braque in 1954, and produced by Fernand Mourlot in 1959.
This 52+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that the small blemish in the bottom margin of the digital image is NOT on the item.
Period Paper has acquired a large collection of original lithographs from 1959 by legendary printer Fernand Mourlot of Imprimerie Mourlot Frères, Paris. These lithographs are miniature versions of some of the finest lithographed posters of the mid-20th century. They are the most coveted of the miniature posters that exist today due to the lithographic processes used to create them and the artists of the Mourlot studio who produced them. Please note, these are NOT current reproductions, copies, or digital prints.
Fernand Mourlot. The son of Jules Mourlot, he and two of his brothers joined their father in the Imprimerie Bataille, Paris. Upon the death of Jules Mourlot in 1921, the atelier was renamed Mourlot Frères. Under the guidance of Fernand, Mourlot Frères developed an exceptional reputation with museums and galleries for producing finely executed art posters in the 1920's and 1930's. The prominent artists of the day--Bonnard, Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Dufy, Gris, Braque, Léger, Kandinsky, Miró, etc., all came to the studio and began years of cooperative work with Fernand Mourlot. The results of this collaboration were so successful that more and more galleries chose Mourlot to print posters for their exhibits, known as Affiches de Peintres Lithographiées. By the mid-20th century, the reputation of Mourlot Fr�res was so respected that the words "Imprimée par Mourlot" were enough to guarantee the finest quality lithographs and demand a premium collector or auction value, worldwide.
This piece was illustrated by Braque, Georges.
Georges Braque (May 13, 1882-Aug. 31, 1963) was a major 20th century French painter and sculptor. He, along with Picasso, developed the Cubist movement. He painted houses during the day and studied artistic painting during the evenings at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre before moving to Paris where he attended Academie Humbert. At first his style was impressionistic until he discovered and adapted to the Fauvist style. He exhibited his Fauvist work at the Salon des Independants before being influenced by Paul Cezanne. Cezanne�s work affected many of the avant-garde artists of Paris causing it to transform into Cubism. He died in Paris and is buried in the cemetery of the Church of St. Valery in Varengevill-sur-Mer, Normandy, whose windows he designed.