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This distinctive, offset lithograph is the 13th from a series of 15 ink drawings made in 1976, and that I reproduced in limited editions of 200 per image, in 1979. On sturdy, cream colored matt paper, the drawing measures approximately 5" x 7" with the same cream paper as background and border, extending to 11" x13". The detailed ink lines from the pen used in the original drawings are clearly retained in reproduction. The print is signed, dated, titled "What Lovers Don't See" and numbered in pencil, just below the picture.
This drawing depicts a young couple clearly in love, kissing while seated at a table in a cafe while their reflection is mirrored around the room. I was inspired by the photographs of the Hungarian born artist, Albert Brassai (1899-1984), who captured the essence of quotidian Paris between the great wars of the last century. Conscious of the disappearing vestiges of a precious bygone era, I wanted to offer a graphically rendered twist to my own interpretation, taking my models from photographs I greatly admired. Fused with my own observations of a fading time, I also endeavored capturing the remarkable artistic era of Paris during the 1930’s that was so fraught with political tension, romance, intrigue, fashion, poetry and literature, music, and art of every genre. First drawn when I was 26 years of age, I even used a pink bakelite fountain pen from the 1930's with a gold nib, purchased at the marché aux puces, or flea market at the Porte de Clignancourt. This is a distinctive and charmingly unusual vintage image in pristine condition.