Artist: Maurice Brianchon French (1899-1979)
Title: Brianchon Exhibition 1956
Plate: ML. 07
Original Lithograph, backed on linen.
printed by Ateliers Mourlot in Paris 1956.
Special Provenance: This original exhibition poster was part of a complete set of 1950's and 60's Mourlot exhibition posters in covers purchased directly from the Mourlot family by Chris Yaneff (gallery founder) while travelling in France during the early 1970's.
Sheet Size: 18 1/4 in x 25 3/8 in 46.3 cm x 64.5 cm
Poster for Maurice Brianchon 1956 exhibit Galerie Alfred Daber, Paris.
"Portrait in black and green", painted in 1913
Maurice Brianchon (French 1899-1979)
Fernand Mourlot (left) with Henri Matisse at Ateliers Mourlot, Paris
Maurice Brianchon is known as one of the Painters of Poetic Reality. He attended É’cole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and moved to Spain shortly after to study the paintings of Spanish Masters. His early work is characterized by dynamic images of the theatre, street scenes, and horse races – showing his love for life and youth. Brianchon was strongly influenced by artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. By the time he came of age in the early 1920s the art scene had changed. Brianchon stylistically stayed attached to art that could be called neo-classical. His later work is more relaxed and contemplative, mostly painting still-life and landscapes. Later on, Brianchon returned to Paris to teach at É’cole des Arts Décoratifs, where his teachings had a profound impact and influence on the next generation of artists. (mourloteditions.com)
Ateliers Mourlot. In 1852, Francois Mourlot opened Ateliers Mourlot in Paris as a commercial print shop that primarily produced wallpaper. When Francois’s grandson Fernand Mourlot took over the shop in the 1920s, however, he converted it into a studio dedicated to the printing of illustrated books and lithographic posters. Though lithography had more or less gone out of style during the 19th century, Fernand brought it back with a single-mindedness that would change printmaking forever.
Over the next four decades, Fernand brought in the greatest Modernists of his day to produce color lithographs. French painters Maurice de Vlaminck and Maurice Utrillo were among the first to work with Mourlot, though it was not long before the atelier began to reach an even broader crowd including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, and Fernand Léger. Lithographs were conceived as announcements for exhibitions, ads for tourism or even illustrations for political events that were posted throughout the streets of Europe, and in windows of shops and cafés. (Artnet.com)