Jean Charlot (French, 1898-1979) was born in Paris and was artistically inclined at age six. As a young man he studied art in his native city at Lycee Condorcet and at the Ecole de Beaux arts; and was involved with the liturgical arts. He served as an artillery officer at the end of WWI. He had Aztec ancestors, and In 1922 he moved to Mexico where he began producing color lithographs and woodcuts of the Mexicans and their activities. He quickly established himself in the art community of Mexico City in the very early 1920's and befriended Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Orozco, main figures in the Mexican Mural movement of the early twenties that quickly spread to the USA. In 1930 he moved to Los Angeles where he became a long-time employee and collaborator of Lynton Kistler in the production of color lithography. During the 1930s and 1940s he taught at the ASL of NYC. In 1947, Jean Charlot moved his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado to take over as head of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Art School from which Boardman Robinson had just retired. He also taught at the private school for boys in Colorado Springs, The Fountain Valley School. Charlot resigned over a dispute involving tenure and other differences of opinion with the administration of the Art Center. After settling in Hawaii in 1949, Charlot taught for 20 years at the University of Hawaii. He died in Honolulu in March 1979. Exh: Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1933, 1938; LA Co. Fair, 1949; Yale University, 1963; . In: San Diego Museum; University of Hawaii; Honolulu Academy of FA; AIC; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; SFMA; Notre Dame University; MM; churches in Honolulu and Kohala.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" Who's Who in American Art 1936-66.
Title: El Volador
Size: 13 7/8 by 10 inches (image); 16 3/4 by 12 3/4 inches (sheet); 14 by 18 (mat).
Signed in pencil lower right.
Published by Associated American Artists, New York
Condition: Sheet is hinged at top corners. Slight overall paper discoloration and faint foxing. Otherwise, there appears to be no major visible condition issues to note.
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