Thursday, 1 November 2012

Maurice Esteve, Bougri, 1974

Maurice Esteve 1904-2001
Culan, Cher 1904-2001(French)

Bougri, 1974, Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in colours on Arches vellum paper.

Maurice Esteve was renowned amongst the School of Paris artists as one of the leading fathers of the movement Tachisme. Praised for his excellent use of colour, combined with the ability to mix various organic interweaving shapes together on the canvas, Esteve truly embodied this style of French abstract painting during the 40s and 50s. Influenced early on by the works of Cezanne, Esteve later dabbled in various artistic movements, briefly experimenting in Surrealism during the late 1920s. He held his first solo exhibition in 1930. However Esteve was not only a painter but also created textile designs, murals and collages, spanning a wide range of media to express his colours and patterns. In 1970 he was awarded the Grand Prix National des Arts and much of his work can now be seen in the Esteve Museum in Bourges, which was opened in 1987 after Esteve donated many of his works to the French city. 

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches vellum paper
Paper Size: 52 x 45 cm / 20.5 x 17.7 in
Image Size: 31.5 x 24.5 cm / 12.4 x 9.6
Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Esteve" in the lower right margin. It is hand numbered in pencil "37/50" in the lower left margin.
The work was printed in 1974 in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions. There were a further 25 artist proofs. This lithograph was later chosen to be one of the 4 prints in G. di San Lazzaro "Hommage à Maurice Esteve".
Literature: Prudhomme-Estève, Monique & Moestrup, Hans. 1986. Maurice Estève. L’Ouvre Gravé. Catalogue raisonné. Copenhague.
Reference: Prudhomme & Moestrup No. 76.
Condition: Excellent condition. Very minor small fold in the lower left corner.

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