Mid 1900s (or older) original numbered print of flowers and pots on a table (see all Photos) that is also signed by the artist (see Photo 6). This is not a Giclee copy or inkjet reproduction, but an original numbered screen print pulled from a limited series. The bright colors and abstract style brings to mind Henri Matisse's rendering of 'Goldfish' (in a beaker) from about 1912. And similar to Goldfish, the print offered here features a round table centered in the lower part of the composition. On the table are several potted flowers with the main subject of interest again roughly centered in the upper 2/3rds of the composition. Pinks, reds, greens, yellow and turquoise dominate the palette. But beyond these similarities, the print for sale here stands on it own and diverges from Matisse's composition.
For example, there are no mobile or animated creatures similar to the four goldfish and instead, this print conveys purely an organic theme made up of members of the plant kingdom. The large nut with its detached cap and the adjacent large spiny seed pod seem to convey a seasonal tone suggesting late summer or early fall. The small tree branch with washed out yellow leaves reinforces that theme of a diminishing time of year. Finally, the print as shown here does not have any major distractions beyond the subject or frame of reference that focuses on the table and flowers. All of the space in the larger back ground and well beyond the table and its objects display simple textures and faint shadows. And so this print seems to draw the viewer's eyes back toward the top of the table and its four containers of plants. A single leg under one end of the table is all that diverges from the main subject and creates tension without collapsing the continuity.
The print offered here is a screen print that is signed by the artist in pencil and also numbered 132/260 (it is the 132nd print made from a limited sequence of just 260 total pulls). The artists signature is shown up close in one of the photos and may be liberally deciphered as L Vincent Hernos or L Vivian Hernadez or ??? About all one can suggest at best is the artist may possibly have the initials L. V. H. If any viewer recognizes this artist or her/his signature, do kindly drop me an email - thanks. Finally, this print is sold as shown and in its gold colored metallic frame under a plexiglass plastic cover sheet. It does not have any matting and the label on the back of the frame identifies A.P.F., Inc. Master Framemakers and Conservators, 601 West 20th St, New York, NY 10001. The presence of a 5 digit zipcode on the label indicates that this print was framed sometime after 1962. The two types of common redware flower pots depicted on the table along with a Bristol glazed stoneware milk pitcher with thick handle are items common in the 1940s or before. The turquoise painted table also seems to predate 1960 and that color was popular in the late 1940s and 1950s. All in all, the print seems to date to the 1950s but could also be possibly earlier. I have not removed this print from its frame to see if there is any other provenance info or labeling. As the photos reveal, this framed print certainly brightens up any wall and will capture attention and conversation in most any setting. And as always, this artwork also comes with my Docs Antiques 'no fault' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see return policy below for full details, certain shipping costs & fees are nonrefundable).
SIZE: The frame 27 5/8 (tall) by 21 3/16 inches wide whereas the visible portion of the print measures 26 3/4 by 20 1/2 inches. As noted above, I have not removed this print from its frame. This framed work of art is large and so it would look great in a large room, over a mantle, along a hallway or among a gallery of other works of art.
CONDITION: This print is in very good condition with no foxing, water damage, wrinkles, tears or damage. As best as I can tell, the colors are true and are not faded. The metal frame is in good condition with just a few minor scratches. The plexiglass covering the print is also in good condition with just a few tiny scratches and nothing readily noticeable or obtrusive. This original print is from a talented artist that is probably no longer with us anymore. It is from the period of innocent vitality that exploded after World War II, if not earlier.
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