For sale here is a fine original vintage late 1950s or early 1960s abstract modernist aquatint on paper by French mid-century artist Edgard Pillet. A major twentieth century artist and proponent of non-figurative abstract art post war, Edgard Pillet was born in France in 1912, and passed away in 1996. There is a great deal of information about the artist online, and I recommend taking a look at the French website of his name that seems to have the most complete biography and listings of his work in various media. This print is pencil signed and numbered at bottom as shown. Title given as "Kangarooland" on the gallery tag at back, and there seems to be some notation at front above the signature that might have been part of the printing process but that is very hard to make out . The paper has a watermark visible when lit from back for "Arches" the maker of the paper. Outer edges of sheet measure 26" by 19-3/4", the image area measures 21-5/8" by 14-3/4". Original gallery label on back with the same information, and I'm guessing that this print was made either late 1950s or early 1960s. Excellent vintage condition with some very slight edge wear as shown but everything will disappear when this print is framed - see my photos for close-ups. This artwork has never been framed and will ship rolled in a tube.
This is one of several vintage original graphic artworks that I am listing in my store. I have acquired this artwork, along with many other works of graphic art, from the estate of a former gallery owner Eric Locke from San Francisco. Originally born in Germany in 1887, Eric Locke's father was a high-court judge, and his mother was a German aristocrat at the court of Kaiser Willhelm. In 1923 Eric Locke moved to Hollywood where he was given a part in the silent epic "Merry-Go-Round" by the great Eric von Stroheim. For several years after that he was the personal assistant to Ernst Lubitch, the famous German producer. In 1952 he moved to San Francisco, and shortly after that opened his gallery in an old Victorian mansion. The Eric Locke Gallery was famous in it's day for championing the graphics arts by established and up and coming artists from around the world, and was one of only two galleries in San Francisco that sold graphic arts when it opened, the other being the world-famous Gumps. They were also famous for having modernist sculpture shows that drew talent from around the world and included some of the great local Bay area talent of that era as well. The Eric Locke gallery was open from 1955 to 1965, though all the artworks were acquired prior to 1964, when the proprietor had a stroke and was no longer able to run the business. After closing the gallery in 1965, these artworks were placed in storage until the present. Eric Locke passed away in 1969 at the age of 82. I have a fair number of photographs of old exhibition advertising, newspaper clippings and other ephemera for this gallery and a number of the artists it represented, and am willing to share this material with serious buyers who have an interest.