Fernand Mourlot Colored Lithographs, 1900. This artpiece is a rare and captivating group of 4 framed lithographs out of the ...
moreFernand Mourlot Colored Lithographs, 1900. This artpiece is a rare and captivating group of 4 framed lithographs out of the Mourlot Studios of France. These images exemplify Mourlot's work of the 19th Century as a French illustrator; the lithographs presented here are circa 1900. The 4 scenes depict what is considered today to be grotesque and humorous to the viewer and for much of the 20th Century were banned by the Art Community and boycotted by doctors (who were commonly the subject matter of Mourlot's works.)
Lower Left Lithograph: Humorously depicts "a headache" with multiple demons banging on the main character's head.
Upper Left Lithograph: Shows a man who is so unsure that he is alive, he is actually checking his own pulse and when he finds out he is still alive he is shocked.
Upper Right Lithograph: Humorously depicts what can only be described as a near death hangover - the scene revolves around many different abstract insights into the psyche of the main character, the man slouching asleep in an armchair. He is drunk, and having a nightmare about having died - being covered in a shroud at the bottom of the scene by the coroner, being visited by his doctor and attorney to read and revise his last will and testament atop the dining table, his grieving wife in the background depicted as a mouse, and another version of the coroner is awaiting the main character's death in the foreground, coffin in hand.
Lower Right Lithograph: The most provocative of the group, showing a married couple being prudent with their funds. They save money by performing dental work at home. The wife is performing a grueling tooth extraction that shows an exaggerated amount of pulled teeth and tools scattered across the floor and the oversized scale of teeth in the foreground of the lithograph adds to the overall shock factor intended by the artist.
These grotesque French scenes are iconic works of Mourlot. Expertly framed and presented in double beveled, acid-free matting, this unique and jarring art-piece is guaranteed to stir thought, turn heads, and provoke conversations for generations to come! Makes a great (and tongue-and-cheek) conversation piece for any room! less
24.5ʺW × 0.5ʺD × 27.0ʺH
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