This is an opportunity to own and admire a vigorous work by a major French modern artist who rubbed elbows with and exhibited alongside many of the greats of twentieth century European art, before earning his own fame largely on his having revived the art of designing and weaving tapestries. The large lithograph, titled "Le Coq" ("The Rooster"----one of his most popular and recurring images) measures 23 3/4" by 18 1/4" (31" by 25 1/4" framed) has been hand colored and signed with the brush at lower right by JEAN LURCAT (1892-1966). Thus altered, it could be considered somewhat an original work. Lurcat was born in the Vosges region and received some art training before serving at the front in World War I. In 1917 he created his first tapestry. During this period he met the likes of Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir, Marcoussis, and Bourdelle. After the war Lurcat traveled extensively, exhibiting for the first time in the United States in 1928 at New York's prestigious Valentine Gallery. The increasing recognition continued as the 1930's progressed, the artist's works exhibited alongside those of Picasso, Braque, Derain and Raoul Dufy. As late as 1936 Lurcat was considered primarily a painter, but in 1939 he went to Aubusson, famed for its tapestries, and there, with Toussaint Dubreuil and Marcel Gromaire, he revived the art, which had been sorely neglected for nearly 200 years. Today Lurcat's works sell at international auctions, well into the mid five figures and beyond. This print appears to be very clean. There is presently no mat, the print directly against the glass. Therefore, it should be removed from this framing in order to re-frame, with proper with acid-free materials. Shipping rolled in a hard plastic tube would reduce shipping costs significantly, compared with those shown.
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