Henry Miller - 1891-1980 - Mixed Media Print - Centennial Collection - Blue Face - SII 38 of 200
Image Dimension 41cm x 28cm - Total Dimension 57cm x 38cm
Original owner and in my possession since purchase. The original Certificate of Authenticity Will Be Provided.
Henry Miller’s paintings were never sold in the traditional art market places—that was not his style. An extremely humble and generous man, Miller either gave away his paintings to friends, fans and family, or he traded them on the streets of Paris for cups of coffee and croissants, bartered them for kerosene or clothes in Big Sur, or used them as pay for his doctor and dentist bills.. Therefore, the usual markets for his art were never established; proud private owners passed them down to friends and heirs, or sold them to rare collectors in time of need.
The Centennial Collection of limited edition prints is an estate-authorized, posthumous publishing project representing the last prints to be published bearing the original signature of Henry Miller. Published in celebration of his centenary, the images represent the best watercolor paintings Henry Miller created over a period of six decades.
In the mid-1970s a prominent Japanese art publisher, Sadajiro Kubo, reproduced Henry Miller’s art in Japan as stone-plate lithographs, silk screen prints and etchings—most of which were purchased by avid Japanese art collectors within months after publication. In 1978 Miller was eighty-eight years old, his health was failing and, although he limited his writing to correspondence, he continued to paint watercolors daily. Inspired by the success of the Japanese prints, and wanting to leave a legacy to his son, Tony, Henry Miller began this publishing project which was destined to be completed after his death in 1980.
In 1990, Gary Koeppel of Coast Galleries and Publishing, who had acted as Miller’s last art dealer since 1971, collaborated with Tony Miller and revived the print project. By 1995 The Centennial Collection, consisting of twenty five of Miller’s best paintings reproduced in small, collector’s editions of 200 prints each, was finally completed, thus fulfilling one of Henry Miller’s last dreams.
The first nine paintings were reproduced by the silk screen process which best portrayed the bold primary colors Miller used in creating the original paintings. A silk screen studio was established to be used exclusively for the Henry Miller project, a special inking system was selected to replicate the colors, and a professional chromist and printer were commissioned to hand-separate the colors and to hand-print the serigraphs. Between fifteen to twenty-five colors were screened to reproduce the prints in order to achieve the greatest possible fidelity to the original paintings.
Because the final sixteen images of the collection contained subtle hues, tones and washes created by Miller’s use of different painting techniques, a different printing process was required. The process called Giclee was selected. Pronounced “zhee-clay” a French word meaning “spray of ink,” this state-of-the-art printing process blends together millions of jets of ink to provide continuous tones of lush color. This new method of printing is so successful that even the most discerning art critics often find it difficult to distinguish the print from the original painting. All twenty-five prints of the Centennial Collection were released by 1995.
Henry Miller - 1891-1980 - Blue Face SII 38 of 200 - Mixed Media Print