Monday, 21 September 2015

Gilden’s Arts Gallery is pleased to present a special piece by Marc Chagall:

  The Red Boot

The Red Boot, 1965

This special monotype was printed in 1965  and it belong to an outstanding group of 306 monotypes that were executed in collaboration with Gerald Cramer and the printer Jacques Frelaut. It was Cramer, his Swiss publisher, to introduce Chagall at this technique in 1961.

An exhibition of examples from that body of works was presented at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York between November 1979 and January 1980. Riva Castlemain, Director of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the MOMA, interestingly noted at the time that "This exhibition is about the creative interaction of three devoted people".

This work, The Red Boot, has many typical aspects of iconography of this artist such as the couple, the Bouquet and the child.


Monotype is a printmaking technique in which an un-worked metal plate is drawn on using ink and then pressed against a piece of paper. Usually, the ink will last for one strong and one weak impression – creating an ‘original drawing’ and a printed edition of one (hence the name).

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Artist: MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
Title: The Red Boot / La Botte Rouge, 1965
Technique: Original Hand Signed Oil Monotype on Japan nacré paper
Paper Size: 56.5 x 44 cm / 22.2 x 17.3 in
Image Size: 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in
Additional Information: This colour monotype is hand signed with black ink, "Marc Chagall" at the lower left corner of the image.
The work was painted with Oil paint on a copper plate by Chagall and then it was pulled on paper by Jacques Frelaut in 1965. This work is a unique piece.
This monotype is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Patrick Cramer, the internationally recognized expert for Chagall's Monotypes. Patrick Cramer was himself present when many of Chagall Monotypes were created.

- Galerie Patrick Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland. 19th November - 21st January 2011.
- Bouquinerie de l'institut, Paris, France. 20th October - 23rd December 2011.

Provenance: The Estate of Marc Chagall
Literature :Cramer Gerald, Marc Chagall Monotypes 1966 - 1975 Volume 1.
Reference: Cramer 143, p 49, Illustrated

Sunday, 13 September 2015

"Dans notre vie, comme sur la palette d’un artiste,
 une seule couleur donne tout son sens à l’art et à la vie, 
c’est la couleur de l’Amour."
Marc Chagall


The Rainbow, 1969

Gilden’s Arts is honoured to present a new exhibition of works by Marc Chagall. The catalogue covers the artist’s oeuvre from his early works until the most mature post war works.

Marc Chagall's poetic, figurative style made him one of most popular modern artists, while his long life and varied output made him one of the most internationally recognised.
Chagall's distinction lies in his steady faith in the power of figurative art, that he maintained despite absorbing ideas from Fauvism and Cubism.
Marc Chagall’s world communicates happiness and optimism through the use of bright and vivid colours. A world in colours as if it was seen throughout the outstanding stained glasses he realised in Jerusalem.

Motherhood, 1954

Born in the Russian town of Vitebsk to a very traditional Jewish family, Chagall's poetic works recall a sort of childish fantasy and the magical background of Russian story tales.
Renowned for their magnificent colouration and fantastic imagery, the many series of Marc Chagall range across themes and sentiment.
From his narrative renderings of Daphins and Chloe and the Arabian Nights, to his visions of the old testament, a delightful interpretation full of symbols and colours. 

The Wolf Trap from Daphnis and Chloe, 1961

Moses, 1956

The exhibition will run until the end of October 2015, we are looking forward welcoming you in our Gallery in Hampstead, London.
For more information please visit or view our catalogue here.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Pique, Pablo Picasso

"Others have seen what is and asked why. 
I have seen what could be and asked why not. ” 

(Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972)


Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the most well known and influential artists of the 20th century. Although he is famous for his fortunate paintings he is a rare example of multifaceted artist.  He was a painter, a sculptor,a ceramicist, a stage designer,a poet and playwright and a printmaker.    
Picasso created lithographs, etchings, drypoints, linocuts and woodcuts.  Always searching for something new, he experimented a lot with these techniques. Some of Picasso’s graphic works are combinations of several techniques. Pique is a perfect example of his experimentation and virtuosity.

It was the summer 1955 when Picasso moved to the South of France with his second wife Jacqueline Roque. 
Far from the printshops of Mourlot and Frélaut in Paris, Picasso began to make linocuts with the printer Hidalgo Arnéra in VallaurisHe experimented with the printing methods, from the physical carving and inking of the plates to the chemical makeup of the inks, and created about 200 linocuts in this period.

Arnéra was an involved collaborator in Picasso’s experimentation.  Frustrated by the technical limitations of traditional colour relief printing, Picasso, invented his own 'reductive' method. While Picasso had occasionally used the linocut technique before to a limited extent, his previous efforts essentially mimicked the woodcut. 

As he worked with Arnéra, however, he developed the medium to its full expressive potential, using methods as unique as sanding the plate for texture and wetting an inked sheet under the shower to achieve particular textural effectsHis innovative linocut technique allowed Picasso to work with fluidity to realise his unique creative vision.

Picasso's palette for many Linocuts (from 19959 to 1962) is limited to a range of earth-tones soft tans and browns. The sequence in which the colours were printed progressed from light to dark , from cream to caramel, to light brown , and was completed by the dominant black design printed over the accumulated muted tones.

In subject, the Linocuts of 1959 begin with a series of bullfight scenes, where Picasso focused on the interaction and drama of the main participants, who are presented at close range. The embroidered costume of the matador is made much of and delight is taken in the swirling cape: the bull seems to dance rather than charge.


Artist: PABLO PICASSO (Málaga1881-1973 Mougins)
Title: Pique,1959/1960

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Linoleum Cut in Colours on Arches vellum paper
Paper Size: 62.3 x 75.3 cm / 24.5 x 29.3 in

Image Size: 53.3 x 64.2 cm / 21 x 25.3 in 

This original linoleum cut is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" in the lower right margin. It is also numbered in pencil "44/50" in the lower left margin.
The work was published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris and printed by Hidalgo Arnera, Vallauris in 1960 in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions.

The paper bears the Arches watermark.


1. Bloch, Georges. 1975. Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue de l'oeuvre Grave et Lithographie 1904-1967, edition Kornfeld et Klipstein, Berne.

Reference:Bloch Bloch 911

2. Baer,Brigitte. 1994. Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome V, Catalogue Raisonne de l'OEuvre Grave et des Monotypes, 1959-1965, Editions Kornfeld, Berne.

Reference:Baer 1228 B.b.2.a

More information and Images HERE
Please feel free to come to our Gallery in Hampstead to see this beautiful Piece of Art. 
Otherwise you can come visiting us at The London Original Print Fair
It takes place in the stunning palace of Royal Academy of Art in London from the 23th to the 26th of April 2015.