Pierre Soulages (b.1919)
lithograph printed by Mourlot
29 1⁄2 x 19 1⁄2 in. (75 x 50cm)
A; not backed
This original lithographic poster was produced for the solo exhibition of Pierre Soulages at the Galerie Berggruen in 1958. The poster reproduces a typical painting by Soulages, who is also known as “the painter of black,” owing to his interest in the colour “both as a colour and a non-colour”. Soulages has said, “My instrument is not black but the light reflected from the black”.
The poster was produced by Atelier Mourlot, a fine art lithographic printers who, in the early 20th century, invited some of the most celebrated artists of the time to the studio to collaborate on traditional stone lithography. Artists such as Braque, Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Léger, Matisse, Miró and Picasso worked with Mourlot to produce visually striking lithographs that were used as posters to promote the artists’ work or exhibitions and pasted up all over cities. Today, these beautifully lithographed posters make the perfect interior decoration and are collectable works of art in their own right.