This 58+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
This is a limited edition original lithograph, #1498 out of 2,000. Only the portfolio was numbered, not the individual lithograph's within it. This is not a lithograph "after" the artist. This lithograph was created by the original artist on the lithograph plate, and is, therefore, a true original lithograph. The artists used either litho crayon, ink, or tusche when creating their art works on the plates.
Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original lithographs by some of the premier artists of the 1950's. These lithographs were produced for an annual art event in the 1950's for local businesses and major corporations largely based in New York. Historically important for corporate archivists, these are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. The original lithographs were produced in only one limited edition, and included just 2,000. These lithographs are perhaps the most unique, rare, important advertising collectibles that exist for businesses and corporations.
This piece was illustrated by De Diego, Julio. Artist signature in print - embedded in image.
Julio de Diego
Julio de Diego (1900-1979) was born in Madrid, Spain, and began pursuing art at the age of fifteen. De DiegoÕs father was not particularly supportive of the idea, and destroyed all of JulioÕs paintings. After this, Julio left home for good, and became a scene painter for various Madrid theatres. During this time, he worked as an extra for the Ballet Russe performance of ÓPetrouchka,Ó and served with the Spanish army for two years. In 1926, he immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, and designed magazine covers and fashion illustrations, after perhaps being inspired by the vivid costumes of the Ballet Russe. De Diego also designed two chapels in St. GregoryÕs Church. De Diego painted in various mediums, including encaustic, gouache, oil, and tempera, and often created abstract figures and landscapes.
Keywords specific to this image: Modern Art, King Chess Piece, Contemporary Art, Artists Equity Association, Board Games