'Lei Offering' Artist's Proof Print by Jean Charlot Circa 1970s. Unsigned, undated. Archivally matted and ready to frame. 29 x 25 matted, 21.25 x 16.25 image Original print, in NEAR MINT condition. Please see photos for detail.
Provenance: From an important Hawaii artist's collection. Printed in Honolulu at Honolulu Sign Company.
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About the artist: “Louis Henri Jean Charlot (February 8, 1898 – March 20, 1979) was a French and naturalized American painter and illustrator, active mainly in Mexico and the United States. Charlot spent an extensive period of his life living and working in Mexico. In 1921, after his father died, he and his mother left Europe to settle in Mexico City. He met Fernando Leal (1896–1964) and shared his studio with him. Charlot was deemed “a fine person who is doing important work” by Diego Rivera, the renowned Mexican painter and muralist. In 1928, works by Charlot were included with those of 21 other artists (including Rivera, Orozco, O’Higgins, Siqueiros, and Carlos Mérida) in an exhibition at the Art Center Gallery in New York organized by Frances Flynn Paine, the manager of a Rockefeller fund to sponsor Mexican artists. The exhibition had the co-sponsorship of the Mexican Ministry of Education and the Mexican National University. Charlot went to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1947 to take a job at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where he taught fresco painting and worked with Lawrence Barrett on several editions of lithographs. While there he also taught art at The Fountain Valley School, an independent school for boys (at that time), founded in 1930. In 1949, Charlot went to teach at the University of Hawaii, where he stayed for over 30 years. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Isaacs Art Center (Waimea, Hawaii), and the University of Hawaii at Manoa library are among the public collections having works by Jean Charlot.”