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Artist: Henry Valensi, French 1883-1969

Plate: des.04

Title: Plate IV

Description: Condition A
Avant-grade Pochoir (Hand coloured) original lithograph from "Dessins" printed in Paris, issued by A. Calavas at the Librarie des Arts Decoratifs, 1920
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
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Sheet Size: 11 1/4 in x 15 in
  31 cm x 38 cm
Price: Sold

From the Art Deco portfolio "Dessins". One of the series of pochoir design portfolios, with twenty pochoir plates, issued by A. Calavas at the Librarie Des Arts Decoratifs during the 1920's. "An uncommon and brilliant Futurist portfolio"

Henry Valensi born in Algeria, moved to Paris in 1898 and studied at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in the studios of Jules Lefebrve and Tony Robert-Fleury. Before World War I, Valensi traveled throughout Europe and in Russia, Turkey, and Greece. This voyage greatly inspired him. In 1912 he participated in the creation of the Section d’Or, along side the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Picabia, Dumont and Gleizes among others.

After the war he began traveling again in Europe and Africa. Valensi was the leader of the group of artists that he himself named the “Musicalistes.” Painting during the 1930s through the 1950s, the “Musicalistes” interpreted the rhythms of music in two dimensions through abstract shapes. Valensi organized and participated in twenty-three Salon de Peinture Musicaliste exhibitions in Paris, the first one being in 1932 at Galerie Renaissance.

He exhibited in the Salon des Orientalistes from 1905 and in the Salon des Indépendants in Paris from1907. Valensi also participated in many other Musicaliste exhibitions in cities across Europe such as Prague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Budapest, Bratislavia, and Limoges.

After World War II he participated in the Salon des Realités Nouvelles in 1947 of which he later became the committee’s vice-president. Valensi also had some personal exhibitions: Vichy, 1909; Galerie la Boétie, Paris 1913; exhibition organized by Marinetti in 1923. In 1973 the first retrospective of the Salons Musicalistes was held in Paris at the Galerie Hexagramme, and Valensi was then represented in an exhibition Paris-Moscou at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1979.

Pochoir, French for stencil, defines a technique of print making popular in France in the early 1900s. It is a labor intensive process of applying brilliant color by hand using a series of cutout stencils. Each plate is an original print using up to thirty stencils in one image. All are hand colored and most are signed in the plate by the illustrator.

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