Francoise Gilot and the International Print Revolution

While fine art printmaking in the United States after World War Two was almost non-existent, artists in France, such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall were dazzling the art world with major innovations, especially in color lithography. Galleries in the United States specializing in prints (such as Associated American Artists in New York)  quickly recognized this renaissance in fine art prints (especially color lithographs) happening in Europe and commissioned the most talented international artists in the 1960's, including Francoise Gilot to produce works specifically for a burgeoning market of fine art collectors in the United States.

Francoise was one of  only two women to be invited to make lithographs at the invitation of the famous Paris printmaker Fernand Mourlot (printer for Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Chagall, MIro, Leger to name just a few) and one of only a few international women aritsts commissioned to produce lithographs by Associated American Artists in New York.

The most striking feature of the International artists, especially the French artists like Gilot, were their talent for color in their printmaking, building on decades of powerful and innovative use of color by French artists, such as, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard and most importantly the Fauvist Henri Matisse, who Gilot knew personally from 1946 till his death in 1954.

Even a cursory look at this collection reveals a myriad of creative ways in which color is used to convey mood, perspective and emotion. It would take a whole decade before artists in the rest of the world would be able to come close to this level of fine art color lithography.

The curators at DKH have gathered together in one unique collection, original color lithographs from the very same group of International artists commissioned to produce lithographs with Francoise Gilot in the 1960's including: Guy Bardone, Jean Carzou, Roger Lersy, Camille Hilaire, Paul Collomb and Johnny Friedlander. DKH is proud to exhibit these historically important works to the discerning collector.