Offset Lithograph, 283/500
27″ x 20″
This signed George Dureau lithograph is bargain-priced because it has some light brown spotting (as you can see in white areas of the close-ups) — but I do not find it too distracting since the central figures are what get the attention, and if you don’t either, you can put a signed Dureau on your wall for less than it costs to buy and frame a Jazz Fest poster. Framed and ready to hang. Information about this famous New Orleans artist, who greatly influenced his friend Robert Mapplethorpe, is easy to find on the Internet.
Artist George Dureau, New Orleans legend
George Dureau was one of New Orleans’ major 20th-century artists (b. 1930, d. 2014). His drawing style is instantly recognizable, as he was a notable draftsman, but he is just as well known for his photography. His pictures often included dwarves and amputees – not as a sort of freak show, but in order to expand the notion of beauty and “rightness.” His photos and drawings of black men inspired Robert Mapplethorpe, who was a friend. Both worked in a classical, formal tradition, but with a transgressive, contemporary flavor. Dureau is an icon in the history of New Orleans art.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
Here is a link to a description of Dureau from the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.