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PAUL BECAT French Erotica Lithograph, Hand Tinted c. 1935
This lovely piece of Art Deco era erotica is from French artist Paul-Émile Bécat and is a genuine c. 1930s hand-tinted lithograph from a copper plate, with no micro dots, a very similar principle to an etching. This is an OLD lithograph, and NOT a new reproduction! IN FINE CONDITION, on thick paper, the image measures 6" by 4" and is encased in a contemporary frame that measures 14" by 12". Paul-Émile Bécat (b. February 2, 1885 – d. January 1, 1960 in Paris) was a French painter, printmaker and engraver, and was awarded first prize in the Prix de Rome in 1920 and exhibited at the Salon de Paris in 1913. Returning from his travels to the Congo, Gabon, and the Sudan, he specialized from 1933 in the technique of drypoint in his erotic works. Today he is best known for his portraits of French writers, and for his erotic works.
Lithographic plates are made from slabs of limestone or sheets of zinc, copper or aluminium and utilize the relationship between grease and water. The image is drawn onto the plate with chalk or ink, then treated with chemicals to fix the grease content onto the plate. One plate is required for each colour printed. Colour is then applied to the plate and adheres only to the greasy image, being repelled by the damp areas. Lithographs show brush marks and textures comparable with drawings and paintings and in general use a wide range of colour. Paris in the 19th and early 20th Centuries was the international center of the art world and printmaking flourished there. Studios devoted to making prints were extremely influential and produced lithographs and etchings of a technical excellence that remains unsurpassed today. Lithographs printed in Paris by fine master lithographers were produced under the direction of the artists and only in limited numbers. The stones/plates were ground down or drilled through once the edition was complete, making later editions impossible.
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