By French School of Paris (L'Ecole de Paris) artist ROGER CHASTEL (1897-1981), a color lithograph print on heavy paper, possible title "Nature Morte", numbered in pencil at left margin 115/220, and with blind stamp "GG" in a circle. Chastel was active as an artist for decades, beginning at a very young age. By the 1920's he was already exhibiting. Later in life, his works were exhibited internationally. The artist's large, cubist oils have exceeded $10,000 at auction. Works are included in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou museum in Paris. As recently as 2007 an exhibition of Chastel's works was held at the Musee Gorsline in Bourgogne. See the detailed and informative Wikipedia biography, in French. This print will work very well for the collector admiring the modernistic imagery, and the elegant black/gray/yellow color. The image and signature/edition numbers can be nicely matted, which will hide some handling creases at left margin, various edge bumps and slightly dog-eared extreme corners, and most notably a brownish rectangular discolored area at upper right margin corner, which was caused by the long-ago application there of a typed label identifying the artist, the collector from whom the work was once sourced (a "Howard Willoughby, trustee emeritus of CCAC"), and the then-price. "CCAC" likely means "California College of Arts and Crafts" (this was found in Los Angeles). An internet search reveals a 1986 article in which Willoughby is mentioned: "A collector with strong interests in California art and our (Oakland) museum is Howard Willoughby, retired vice-president of Lane Publishing Company, publishers of Sunset Magazine. He bought and gave many California works to the museum, served on its governing commission and participated in many other ways. Most notably, he was able to scout out and acquire the entire estate of Edwin Deakin, which had been in storage for decades, and present it to the museum." The old glue having long ago dried, the label has fallen off but will be provided with the print. It is not now affixed. The print (sheet) measures 15" by 22 1/2". Right and left edges are deckled (intentionally left uncut).
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