Lithograph on paper laid on thin board, 31 1/2" by 20 5/8", printed for the summer 1977 Galerie Claude Bernard exhibition of recent paintings by the important Ecole de Paris (School of Paris) abstractionist and colorist MAURICE ESTEVE (1904-2001). The poster, produced by the famous French house of lithography Mourlot (seen at bottom) was likely produced in an edition of under 2000 examples. Such posters are often made in editions from about 800 to 2000. Not signed or numbered. This was originally found in one of the simple metal 1970's poster frames which I have discarded. I removed it because the glass was broken and in such frames the print is up against the glass, without proper mat. CONDITION: Colors are vivid and rich. There is some light brown staining probably related to old dampness, and light soiling visible in the white areas, especially at lower right, bottom and extreme edges, and also at top edge above artist name; see final photos. The strong rich colors far overpower the flaws. Esteve was a major artist; many of his paintings have exceeded $100,000 at auction, the top price being nearly $600,000. He was in Paris as a youth, frequenting the Louvre, absorbing the art history he saw there. Basically self-taught, he worked in collage, textile designs, and murals. By 1954, as a member of the so-called "School of Paris" (Ecole de Paris), Esteve was exhibiting at the Venice Biennale with such names as Jean-Paul Riopelle. Today his works showcasing form and color appear at major auctions on both sides of the Atlantic. See the net for much more on the artist.
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