In 2014 renowned studio Mourlot released a limited number of original lithographic prints from their vaults, to be sold through Easy Art (subsequently King & McGaw). The rare prints were released from the archives and sold in limited quantity, to mark the opening of Tate Modern’s ‘Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ exhibition in the same year. The print was sent straight to me and has not been framed or shown since its creation.
This is NOT a recent copy, giclee inkjet print or other reproduced version. This is an original lithograph using stones at Atelier Mourlot in 1967, as approved by the estate of Henri Matisse.
It comes with a certificate of authenticity and protective gloves to handle the print. The colour printed Certificate of Provenance #2915 is dated April 23rd 2014. It has a ‘Mourlot Collection’ blue ink stamp with ‘7.CXE’ over that in black marker. There is also a printed signature from Eric F. Mourlot above the New York address of Galerie Mourlot, from where this was authorised.
The drawing element features two women fawning over a baby in a sunlit house – the mother may be breastfeeding but this is unconfirmed. The print was used to advertise the ‘Matisse Drawings’ exhibition in New York.
From the 1920s onwards, Fernand Mourlot invited artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Miro and later Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein, to work on lithographic prints directly at the French studio. Fernand helped re-establish lithography as an art form due to the quality of the studio process.
Each work in the Mourlot Collection is a genuine lithograph. Whether created as originals by the artists themselves, or as reproductions supervised by the artists or the estates, they are all printed with a true lithographic process and with the permission of the artists themselves or their estates.
Condition: Good condition considering it has been stored at Mourlot for 52 years. Never Framed. Still in original packaging. There are a couple of small pressure points (see 9th photo) and minor toning to parts of the edges. The top left shows a slight ripple but no creasing – it will lay flat upon framing. The only minor creasing is to the left of the address text. Most copies of this rare print have a similar condition as they were stored together.