For sale here is a fine original vintage late 1950s or early 1960s very colorful lithograph by French artist Raymond Guerrier (1920-2002) artist proof and titled "Still Life with Pomegranates". The following is a very interesting short bio I found online about the artist...
Guerrier’s distinct artistic vision which first came to public attention in 1953 when he was awarded the Prix de la Jeune Peinture. A largely self taught artist who had spent years studying the great works in the Paris museums, particularly Goya and Cezanne, before first exhibiting at the Salon d’Automne and Salon des Indépendants in 1947. His work at this time, typically for the post-war atmosphere, consisted of a semi-figurative style painted in a muted palette that had affinities with the Forces Nouvelles movement. In 1952 he was taken on by Galerie Stiebel and given his first solo show, the success of which lead to regular subsequent shows throughout the fifties. In 1953 he had a solo show at the Redfern Gallery in London and again in 1955 when he also participated in the “French Painters” exhibition in Tokyo. By 1957 he was already holding his first exhibition in America at the Hammer Gallery in New York. During this period he also exhibited at the biennials of Turin, 1955; Menton, 1957; Paris, 1957, and was awarded the title of Chevaliers des Arts et Lettres.
Towards the end of the 1950’s Guerrier moved from Paris to Provence and spent a substantial amount of time travelling to Spain, Greece, Morocco, Jordan and Israel. His experience of these cultures, the arid spartan landscapes and brilliant light, seems to have had a significant influence on his painting which became more minimalist with increasingly abstracted forms and cleaner more radiant colours. “What his painting lost in gravity, it gained in serenity. His paintings became calls, so to speak, to meditation, to contemplation,” (Pierre Basset). This new development was celebrated in 1962 at a major show in Geneva at the Galerie l’Athénée and he continued to hold numerous other exhibitions throughout Europe, also in Venezuela in 1964 and Buenos Aires in 1970. The present work “Le Fruit Orange” is a magnificent example of this internationally acclaimed period in Guerrier’s oeuvre.
The artist’s work is now represented in many museums of Modern Art including the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Museums of Poitiers, Pau, Calais, St.-Denis, Marseille (Cantini) and Le Havre (Musee des Beaux-Arts); aswell as the national art collections of Venezuela, Japan, Luxembourg and Belgium.
Outer edges of sheet measure 25-3/4" by 19-3/4", the image area measures 21-3/4" by 16-1/2". Pencil signed and marked "epreuve" (artist proof) along bottom edge of the image area as shown in the photos. Original gallery label on back as shown, and I'm guessing that this was done either late 1950s or early 1960s. Watermark in the paper visible when held to a strong light source, "B.F.K. Rives". 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.
ORIGINAL 1950s 60s Raymond GUERRIER France Signed Artist Proof Color Lithograph "Still Life with Pomegranates"
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