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ALOIS LECOQUE (1891-1981) pencil signed hand colored by artist lithograph print of Montmartre scene
Large lithograph of familiar Sacre Coeur and Montmartre in Paris, 19 1/4" by 24" inside the mat (26" by 32" framed, but no glass), signed in pencil at lower right and inscribed "epreuve d'artiste hand colored by Lecoque" at lower left margin. Lecoque was born in France and was educated in art at the Academie Julian. For a time he was able to study with the great Renoir himself, (and he eventually wrote a book, titled "Renoir My Friend"). While in Paris the young artist was exposed to the rich art scene of the early twentieth century, becoming friends with Zadkine, Modigliani, and Soutine. He achieved commercial success in Prague in the late 1920's, before a turbulent time when his political leanings caused him to flee the Nazis. He came to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1960, and continued there (Los Angeles area) to produce paintings and prints which became highly sought after examples of post-impressionist art. This print despite the lack of glass (presently loose under the mat) has survived in generally good condition. The margin area exposed to the air has browned evenly, as shown, and there is a very small abrasion in the margin at far left. Frame is simple metal. Add glass or Plexi and fresh mats, and this will be ready to hang.
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