For sale here is an original vintage 1960 pencil signed woodcut by well-known French artist of the 20th century, Louttre, aka Marc-Antoine Bissiere (b. 1926). This color woodcut is titled "Semailles" and is dated 1960. It also has embossed mark "L'Oeuvre Gravee" for French graphics society as shown in my photos. This example is number 5 of an edition of 75. Here's a short bio of the artist...
Marc-Antoine Bissiere was born in Paris in 1926, the son of the well known artist Roger Bissiere (1888-1964), who knicknamed him "loutre" (Otter). The two worked for many years side by side. The younger artist adopted the name to distinguish himself from his father and establish his own identity. Louttre B developed a unique print-making technique of combining woodblock and copperplates to achieve a three dimensional sculptural effect. These marvelous large format engravings stand off the page in light relief. Louttre B eschewed the pure abstraction of his father for a more figurative style, which he called "figuration allusive". He also created sculpture, stained glass windows, and tapestries.
This artwork measures 19-3/4" by 25-3/4" total paper size. Excellent condition with some slight edgewear, and slightly wavy in the corner where the gallery label is affixed - see photos for close-ups. These minor flaws will disappear when this artwork is framed. Excellent vintage condition as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
This is one of several vintage artworks that I have listed in my store, and there are more to come. I have acquired this artwork, along with many works of graphic art, from the estate of former gallery owner Eric Locke of San Francisco. The Eric Locke Gallery was famous in it's day for championing the graphics arts by 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. 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. I acquired them from the estate of the surviving spouse of Eric Locke. I have many photographs of original flyers, posters, newspaper clippings etc from a scrapbook kept by the gallery, and I'm happy to share those photos with serious buyers.