Lucien Coutaud (French, 1901-1977) was a French surrealist painter, printmaker, designer and illustrator. He was a founding member of the Salon de Mai, a Chevalier in the Legion of Honor, and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He won the Prix National Daumier de la gravure in 1952, the Grand Prix de Peinture de la Ville de Paris in 1967, and the Grand Prix de l’Institut des Beaux Arts in 1971. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Italy, and the U.S.Jean Adhémar (then curator of prints at the Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris), called Coutaud, "the most famous surrealist printmaker." There are at least four books devoted to him and to his works. Coutaud was an important figure as a painter Coutaud's art is frequently involved in depictions of sexuality. Adhémar reminds us that Coutaud "has often said that he cannot conceive of art without eroticism. . . . He sees eroticism in the whole of nature, and asserts that 'nothing looks more like a pair of buttocks than an apricot.' His art, which he himself has dubbed 'erotomagic. His work has brought over $18000.00 at a public sale, and more through gallery sales.
Country of Origin: France.
Medium: Oil On Board.
Title: "Elles Cueillent"
Size: 18 1/2 by 24 1/2 inches (47.0 x 62.2 cm); framed (under glass) 28 1/2 by 34 by 1 1/2 inches.
Signed and dated lower right: Coutaud 60
Titled, signed, and dated on the reverse: "Elles Cueillent" / "Coutaud oct 60"
Condition: There appears to be light overall surface grime. Not examined under UV light.
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