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Subject: Ballet - New York City Ballet (formerly The American Ballet) - " Les Illuminations" Date Of Negative: 1950 Type Of Print: Limited Edition Sheet Fed Photogravure (Plate made from original negative/print) Limited Edition: Yes - edition of 4,000 (plate not numbered) Date Of Print: 1985 - large folio sized print Printmaker/Engraver: Héraclio-Fournier, Vitoria, Spain Paper: Heavyweight, satin/matte finish Print Origin: Spain Approximate Size Inches: 13 x 10.5 inches Approximate Size Metric: 33 x 26.8 centimeters Print Border: Yes - surrounding print border Condition Grade: Fine ++ Verso: gravure imagery on reverse side. Registered Vintage Print Serial #. Finephoto is pleased to offer an authentic, genuine (NOT a modern reprint) vintage 1985 photogravure (also known as a héliogravure print) produced from the original 1930's - 1940's negative/print of the renowned American photographer George Platt Lynes.
This LARGE sheet fed photogravure print was printed in high quality two sided photogravure by the engraving house of Héraclio-Fournier located in Vitoria, Spain. Whether you collect vintage photogravure prints or are simply looking for extraordinary home or business decor, this authentic vintage photogravure plate will frame and display beautifully! This photogravure plate is guaranteed to be authentic and comes with a hand signed CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY (COA) with unique individual registered serial number from the Finephoto Vintage Archive & Database.
Under magnification this plate shows a tight "honeycomb" cell structure, uniform pressing of ink and a wide range of tone - all indicative of a high quality sheet fed gravure print. The watermark word "Finephoto" does not appear on the actual print.Please Note: there is gravure printing on the reverse side of this vintage plate from the original dual sided issue. About George Platt Lynes (from Wiki): George Platt Lynes was an American fashion, commercial and fine art photographer. Born in East Orange, New Jersey in 1907, he spent his childhood in New Jersey but attended the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. He was sent to Paris in 1925 with the idea of better preparing him for college. His life was forever changed by the circle of friends that he would meet there.
Gertrude Stein, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler and those that he met through them opened an entirely new world to the young artist. He first became interested in photography not with the idea of a career, but to take photographs of his friends and display them in his bookstore. Returning to France the next year, he traveled around Europe for the next several years, always with his camera at hand. He developed close friendships within a larger circle of artists including Jean Cocteau and Julien Levy, the art dealer and critic. Levy would exhibit his photographs in his gallery in New York City in 1932 and Lynes would open his studio there that same year.He was soon receiving commissions from Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue including a cover with perhaps the first supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives. In 1935 he was asked to document the principal dancers and productions of Lincoln Kirstein's and George Balanchine's newly founded American Ballet company (now the New York City Ballet). While he continued to shoot fashion photographs during the 1930s and 1940s, he was losing interest and had started a series of photographs which interpreted characters and stories from Greek mythology. By 1946, he grew disillusioned with New York and left for Hollywood, where he became chief photographer for the Vogue studios. He photographed Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Gloria Swanson and Orson Welles, from the film industry, as well as others in the arts among them Aldous Huxley, Igor Stravinsky, and Thomas Mann. While this work was a success artistically, it was a financial failure. His friends helped him to move back to New York City in 1948. Other photographers, such as Richard Avedon, Edgar de Evia and Irving Penn, had taken his place in the fashion world. This combined with his disinterest in commercial work, meant he was never able to regain the successes he once had. During his lifetime, Lynes amassed a substantial body of work involving nude and homoerotic photography. In the 1930s, he began taking nudes of friends, performers and models, although these remained private, unknown and unpublished for years. In May of 1955, Lynes was diagnosed terminally ill with lung cancer. He closed his studio and destroyed much of his print and negative archives, particularly his male nudes. He is interred in a substantial stone sarcophagus at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York. READY FOR FRAMING & DISPLAY! - The expensive engraved copper plate photogravure process and the resulting fine prints make vintage photogravures highly collectible and excellent vintage prints for framing. Secure archival packaging includes water/tear resistant carrier, custom made 275 lb. Triple wall inserts, individual acid free black archival backing boards, individual ultra clear heavy duty archival print protectors and a hand signed Certificate Of Authenticity (COA) from Finephoto. To supplement and replenish those holdings we are regularly acquiring new collections and portfolios from around the world as opportunities present themselves.
As a result of this ongoing procurement of vintage materials, when we feel we are "deep enough" in specific areas we will be open to accept offers which are reasonably close to the listing price of an item. So, if you decide to use the Best Offer option in those listings which contain one and make us a reasonable offer, we will do our best to accept. ABOUT PHOTOGRAVURE: Photogravure (or héliogravure) is an intaglio print making process utilizing a carefully etched copper plate made from the original negative/image.
Prints are made by pressing suitable paper heavily down upon the inked copper plate which has been intricately etched to varying depths corresponding with the actual tonality of the original negative, This precisely etched plate combined with a fine "honeycomb" screen controls the amount of ink to be transferred to the paper at any given point in direct proportion to the variation of tone in the original image. The result is a true continuous tone print which combines many qualities of a traditional silver based photograph with a tactile feel similar to an etching, engraving or lithograph. Rich in tonal detail, the photogravure process produces delicately rendered shades for a look which is unique in the world of photographic print making.
In the early to mid 1900's photogravure was selected (when budgets allowed) for special high quality publishing and portfolio projects, but due to it's significant expense and labor, the process is rarely seen today. From Man Ray and Ruth Bernhard to Brett Weston and Ansel Adams, many of the world's most renown photographic masters have published their images in the rich photogravure process. At Finephoto we are always committed to your complete satisfaction!
We will continue striving to bring you the very best in quality, variety and excellence in photographic imagery for your collecting and photographic art needs. Where you can also sign up for our free newsletter for special promotions, new listings and interesting information on vintage photography. Unauthorized copying or use of ANY PART of this description is prohibited. The item "1950 NEW YORK CITY BALLET Theatre LES ILLUMINATIONS Photo Art GEORGE PLATT LYNES" is in sale since Monday, April 24, 2017.
This item is in the category "Art\Art Photographs". The seller is "finephoto" and is located in Tampa, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.