This lithograph appeared in the very first issue of the French art revue Verve in 1937. The image is a multiple exposure photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld. Blumenfeld went on to become world-famous and, for example, did many Vogue covers. He once had a cottage in Westhampton, NY.
In this work, he photographed a statue called “Nude” by Aristide Maillol. New Yorkers would recognize Maillol’s sculpture “La Rivière” that is in the Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden.
Verve is a rare publication featuring Mid-Century Modern art and essays. The editor Tériade commissioned original art created expressly for his visionary pages. Offered here is a page from the 1987 portfolio of Verve artwork printed in Paris by Flammarion Press. Although it is an offset lithograph, it was printed with skill and is an accurate rendition of the original Verve page, with the usual verso text.
The print measures 7½ x 9½, matted in white 4-ply acid free board, and framed in glossy copper-toned metal. Overall dimension framed is 13½ x 17 inches.