Here is a work which reflects the skills of not one, but two, highly talented European artists. A large original oil painting of 1894 by famed French painter HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901) was titled "Au Salon de la Rue des Moulins"; it showed a brothel scene in Paris with the Madame and her eager charges. Long after that artist's death, in fact decades later, it was decided to employ the talented Egyptian-French artist and lithographer LAURENT MARCEL SALINAS (1913-2010) to create a limited edition lithograph interpreting the final pastel study for that painting. The present work is that result. It was issued by The Collectors Guild of New York, in an edition of 1500 examples, of which this is number 227. The work is numbered at lower left near the blind stamp of that organization, and is pencil signed at lower right by Salinas, next to the circular red stamp of the Societe des Amis du Musee d'Albi (the museum closely associated with the works and legacy of Toulouse-Lautrec). Inside the mat, the print measures 18 3/8" by 20 3/4", and framed size is 27" by 30 1/4". Salinas was born in Alexandria, Egypt to elite French and Italian parents. Early in his life there was a significant expatriate community of stimulating artists there, but by mid century, a revolution threatening, foreigners were expelled in large numbers and he and his family returned to Europe. Salinas was able to study visual theory and practice in France with the famous instructor Andre Lhote. Salinas was himself painting still life works, with a modernist bent, but by the late 1950's, in Paris, he was desperate for funds. A chance job in lithography turned him in a new direction; it turned out that he was highly talented in that direction. Soon he was attracting the attention of the likes of Max Ernst, Magritte, Ludwig Bemelmans and others, and he was a familiar figure within the artist community of Paris, associating closely with many now-famous names. By 1969 Salinas was collaborating with Picasso himself on an ambitious project, creating lithographic interpretations of the "29 Portraits Imaginaires" works. The artist was highly respected by Picasso, and the pairing is considered perhaps the most successful collaboration between the master and another artist. See the net for much, much more on Salinas and his interesting, long life in the arts, as painter, lithographer, critic, analyst, mentor. CONDITION: This lithograph is in excellent condition, with just slight age oxidation of the paper. The frame is in good condition as well. As the print is framed with Plexi, this item should ship safely.
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