Printmaking

George Rodrigue, Escort for the Kingfish, c. 1991-1992

George Rodrigue, ESCORT FOR THE KINGFISH, digital image transfer (DIT) on foam core, C. 1991-1992

Rodrigue experimented with several forms of printmaking in the early nineties, including early giclée, which he dubbed a direct image transfer (DIT).   In this example, Rodrigue adheres a photographic copy of his famous painting, Escort for the Kingfish, to a foam core, then seals the print with a clear acrylic. 

Sgt. Gerald Defez, head of the "Cajun Highway Police," protecting Huey Long.  Painted by Rodrigue.

Artist: George Rodrigue

Title: Escort for the Kingfish, a direct image transfer of his 1990 painting. 

Date: c. 1991-1992

Image size: 27 x 40 inches

Frame: Carved gilded wood frame, 3 1/2" wide.  

Provenance:  Purchased in the early 1990’s, from Gerald Defez, the owner of Landry’s Restaurant in Breaux Bridge, LA.  According to the present owner, the print hung directly over the cash register.   At the time, Rodrigue still occupied a studio attached to the restaurant.  

About the Artist:

Having achieved international fame by the mid 70's (see The Le Blanc Brothers on this site), Rodrigue began a period of exploration and invention in the early 90's.  He experiments with different forms of printmaking, eventually settling on silkscreening.  The Blue Dog also emerges as a versatile motif, during this period of creative experimentation.  

About the Work of Art:

Escort for the Kingfish, refers to the motorcycle unit of the Louisiana State Police that escorted the exuberant 40th Governor, Huey P. "The Kingfish" Long, around the State.  At the head of the unit, known as the "Cajun Highway Police" stands Sergeant Gerald Defez.  His son commissioned the work from Rodrigue, who used an old family photograph as inspiration.  The original painting sold for $75,000 in October, 2016 at the new Orleans Auction Galleries, including buyer's premium.

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RUFINO TAMAYO, Niño bailando (Boy Dancing), 1974

RUFINO TAMAYO, NIÑO BAILANDO (BOY DANCING), 1974, Mixografía.
Rufino Tamayo's signature on his Mixografía print, Niño Bailando (Boy Dancing), 1974

Rufino Tamayo was the first artist to work in the Mixografía® print process producing 67 editions along with some lithographs over a 17-year period until his death.  These workshop editions represent one-fifth of his total out-put in printmaking during his lifetime. 

Artist: Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991)

Title: Niño bailando (Boy Dancing), 1974 

Edition: 85/100

Medium:  Mixografía, a printing technique, developed by Tamayo and printmaker Luis Remba, which creates highly-textured surfaces over a lithographic print.

Paper:  Arches, 21 ¼”W x 29 ¼”H with deckled edges

Frame:  31”W x 39 ½”H with 6” wide mat, exposing deckled edges of print.

Comments:  Alternate names for the work include, “Indian Boy” 

Provenance:  Purchased in an Art Gallery in Selma, Alabama.

Publications: Rufino Tamayo: A Comprehensive Survey of His Mixografía® Prints, 1974-1990, Traveling Exhibition, Organized by the Mixografia® Workshop, Fall 2009- 2012.

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The Picasso Estate Collection

The next three original lithographs were created after original works by Picasso.  After the death of the artist, his granddaughter Marina Picasso selected a portion of her inherited collection for lithographic reproduction, exclusive editions which are known today as the Picasso Estate Collection.  Each limited edition includes just 500 original lithographs, which are signed and numbered by Marina Picasso and embossed with the seal of the Estate.  

Pablo Picasso (AFTer), Woman Leaning On Chair

Pablo Picasso, Woman Leaning On Chair, 1982

Pencil signature and embossed seal of the Estate of Picasso (Marina Picasso)

Pablo Picasso, Woman Leaning On Chair, 1982, detail

Artist: After Pablo Picassso (Spanish 1881 - 1973)

Title:  Woman Leaning on Chair (Femme Accoudée Au Fauteuil) 

Picasso Estate Edition number: 245/500

Date Published: 1982, after an original oil painting by Picasso, 1962.

Medium: 3-color lithograph on acid free Arches Paper

Dimensions: image 19 ½ x 15 ½ in

(See above for more information regarding the Picasso Estate Collection.)

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Pablo Picasso (AFTER), Still Life With Lemons and Pitcher

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Lemons

Pencil signature and embossed seal of the Estate of Picasso (Marina Picasso)

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Artist: After Pablo Picassso (Spanish 1881 - 1973)

Title:  Still Life with Lemons and Pitcher (Nature Morte au Ciron et a la Cruche) 

Picasso Estate Edition number: 290/500

Year of Publication: 1982, after an original oil painting by Pablo Picasso, 1962.

Medium: 3-color lithograph on acid free Arches Paper

Dimensions: image size 16 x 21

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PABLO PICASSO (AFTER), Knight picador in the Arena

PABLO PICASSO (AFTER), KNIGHT PICADOR IN THE ARENA

Pencil signature and embossed seal of the Estate of Picasso (Marina Picasso)

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Artist: After Pablo Picassso (Spanish 1881 - 1973)

Title:  Knight Picador in the Arena (Chevelier Picador dans l'Arene) 

Picasso Estate Edition number: 140/500

Year of Publication: 1982, after an original India Ink drawing by Pablo Picasso from 1951.

Medium: lithograph on acid free Arches Paper

Dimensions: image size 16 x 21

Rodrigue's early Blue Dogs

In 1990,  Rodrigue began exploring various technical approaches to producing multiple art prints, ones that complemented his artistic objectives.  The media he finally chose was silkscreening or serigraph.   The three following serigraphs of the Blue Dog imagery are each distinguished as an "Artist's Proof", which is pulled under the artist's supervision, prior to running the full edition.   Printed in 1992, these serigraphs represent Rodrigue's early exploration of the medium, one that will dominate the remainder of his artist output.  The value of these early signed examples can be quickly distinguished from the posthumous prints signed only with the stamp of the Rodrigue estate.  

George Rodrigue, Bayou Baby, 1992

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Bayou Baby brings together two of Rodrigue's most personal iconic images: the spreading oaks of his Cajun Country and his deceased dog Tiffany as the "Blue Dog."

Artist: George Rodrigue

Title:  Bayou Baby, Artist Proof

Date: 1992

Medium: Silkscreen Print

Image area: 11 x 16 in. 

Frame: 18 7/8 x 25 ½ in.

Provenance: Purchased in Breaux Bridge, LA in the early 1990’s.

Bibliography of Work: George Rodrigue Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1970-2007, New York: Abrams, 2008, p. 62

 

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george rodrigue, in a scarlet world, 1992

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Similar to this 1992 print is a silkscreen completed two years later entitled, "Second Line: Red." 

Artist:  George Rodrigue

Title:  In a Scarlet World, Artist Proof

Date: 1992

Medium: Silkscreen Print 

Print Area:  35 x 24 inches

Frame:  43 x 35 inches

Provenance: Purchased in Breaux Bridge, LA in the early 1990’s.

Bibliography of Work: George Rodrigue Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1970-2007, New York: Abrams, 200, p. 64. 

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George Rodrigue, upside-down world, 1992

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This unusual silkscreen rarely appears on the market.  The inks are printed on metallic paper, so that the small dog heads appear as ghost-like images behind the "Upside-Down" Blue Dog.

Artist: George Rodrigue 

Title: Upside-down World, Artist Proof 

Date: 1992

Medium: Silkscreen print

Signature:  Lower right corner.

Inscriptions:  Artist Proof lower left corner 

Paper dimensions: 22 ½ x 28 in.

Frame: none

Provenance: Purchased in Breaux Bridge, LA in the early 1990’s.

Bibliography of Work: George Rodrigue Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1970-2007, New York: Abrams, 200, p. 65. 

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