For your consideration, a circa 1947 lithograph by Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968) one of a limited edition of 372 copies of LES LÉPREUSES, GALLIMARD, PARIS, 1947 (JUFFERMANS JB 11) with text by Heny de Montherlant. The lithograph is in good vintage condition commensurate with age, one rust stain (see photos) and measures 13” x 10", framed 18” x 15 ½” . The work features a strolling turn of the century Parisian couple and is rendered in subtle shades of ochre, cinnamon, and chocolate browns. Original gallery label affixed to the verso. Les lepreuses (1939), the fourth and final part of the controversial cycle of novels Les jeunes filles by Henry de Montherlant, was published in 1947 by NRF/Gallimard in a limited edition, illustrated by the artist. The lithographs for this work were printed in the studio of Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988), just like Van Dongen's other books. Mourlot printed the work of nearly all the great artists in Paris, making his name as executor and promoter of lithography. In Mourlot's studio, Van Dongen drew and painted the various colour states for his lithographs. The result for Les lepreuses could be called 'typical' Van Dongen. The 26 illustrations (cover included) are colourful images of flowers, cats, dogs, naked women, and some beach and restaurant scenes.
TITLE : Les Lepreuses (text by Heny de Montherlant) EDITOR : NRF, Paris 1946 ILLUSTRATION : original lithograph by Kees VAN DONGEN PRINTER : Atelier Mourlot LIMITED : 372 copies PAPER : BFK Rives vellum SIZE : 13 x 10" REFERENCES : Juffermans Kees van Dongen - The Complete Graphic Work JB 11 CONDITION : good vintage condition commensurate with age, one rust stain, see photos
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