The Builder by Jean Charlot
Jean Charlot is one of those rare fine artists that spans the bridge connecting Europe and the Americas as well as printmaking before and after World War Two. Born in Paris in 1888 he studied informally at the Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris and worked as assistant to Diego Rivera in Mexico
Moving to New York in 1929 to teach at the Art Students League and then Los Angeles in 1933 he met master printer Lynton Kistler where the idea for his famous Picture Book was born. This work with its innovative use of color and primitive subject matter of Mexican indian culture was never before seen and like the innovative lithographs of Pablo Picasso, they had a profound impact on American artists, such as Clinton Adams, which prompted him to seriously consider fine art printmaking.
This unique set of lithographs from the famous picture book of 1933 (titled the Builder) along with the accompanying lithographic cover and signed colophon is an impressive collection of this historically significant printed work. Also included in this unique collection is Woman with Basket from Charlot's Picture Book II produced 4 decades as a sequel and celebration of his earlier work. Both lithographs show Charlot's superb command of color using stone lithography and the unsurpassed level of skill by his printers, the likes of Lynton Kistler.
This is an excellent entry level investment work and is being offered as part of the Smart Collectors exhibit.Technical Details: The Builder (sheet size 8 x 6 inches, 6 color lithograph ) and Tortillera (sheet size 17 x 10.5 inches, lithograph book cover), Colophon (sheet size ), signed by Jean Charlot and printer Lynton Kistler, Edition number 457 of 500. Picture Book 1, Printed 1933. Woman with Basket (sheet size 8 x 6 inches, 5 color lithograph, image #8), Picture Book 2, 1973.