Robert Fontené (Fontene) signed lithograph engraving 1963
Artist signed and dated
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Robert Fontené (Fontene); 1892-1980, French painter, engraver and illustrator of the School of Paris. Robert Fontené was a student of architecture from 1910 to 1914 at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, after the First World War he studied at the academies of Montparnasse, including the Academy of the Grande Chaumière where the works of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh inspired him. Robert Fontené evokes his discovery of Pablo Picasso as even more decisive, persuading him to go further than cubism by exploring the paths of abstract painting. Robert Fontené became president of the Salon des realités nouvelles in 1956. An artist of great modesty, he died in 1980 in the same way that he lived: discreetly.
A rare and original lithograph which is bright and unfaded in black ink. The image printed on a wove paper sheet measuring approximately 43 cms. by 51 cms. (17 x 20 ins.) laid to a backing for conservation.
Signed and dated in pencil by the artist in the lower image, with a collection number and revised date in ink in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is fair with some soiling, foxing and edge wear, with a printers crease in the upper image and handling marks condusive with age.