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1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy

1909 Le Moteur ENV Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy

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£680.00


Product Description

A beautiful and desirable early 20th century coloured lithograph of ‘LE MOTEUR E.N.V’ (The E.N.V. Engine).

It shows planes flying in the sky, a fast speedboat and a car speeding along. It is signed GAMY, which is the signature for Marguerite Montaut. It is also marked Copyright 09 Mabileau & Cie, Paris. The picture is in mint condition, without any foxing and has been recently mounted, framed and glazed.

Gamy was the artist's name of Marguerite Montaut (1883-1936), a turn of the century Aviation & Racing Printmaker and the wife of Ernest Montaut, who is credited with inventing many artistic techniques, including speed lines and the deliberate distortion of perspective by bending and foreshortening the image in order to create the illusion of movement and speed. Many of these techniques have stood the test of time and are still used today by artists that draw and paint transportation subjects. She produced her own works and together with her husband, also a printmaker, under the combined name of Gamy-Montaut. They were the first artists to capture the Heroic Age of aviation and motor racing. The Gamy-Montaut prints were produced by the pochoir process, in which the outlines for each image were drawn onto lithographic stones, printed and hand-coloured. Marguerite Montaut, Ernest's wife, joined him in his work producing not only racing prints but also developing a fine series of aviation prints commemorating such events as the first flights on the early European mail routes. While Marguerite Montaut's works were occasionally signed "M. Montaut", she also used the name "Gamy", an anagram for Magy. Montaut's work was extremely well received in the Paris of his day and was shown in the fashionable shops, as well as in the better galleries. The Gamy-Montaut prints were all produced by the pochoir process in which the outlines for each image were drawn onto lithographic stones and printed. Using these uncoloured prints as a template, elaborate stencils were cut for each colour. Water-colour was then brushed onto the image through the stencil. The colouring process was quite complex, with each print taking several days to produce. It was also quite labour intensive, and the studio of Gamy-Montaut therefore employed a group of trained artists.

E.N.V. was an early manufacturer of aircraft engines, originally called the London and Parisian Motor Company. Their first model appeared in 1908. E.N.V. engines were used by several pioneer aircraft builders and were produced in both France and the UK until about 1914.

Size image: 52 x 26.5 cm (20 ½ x 10 ½ inches)
Size frame: 70.5 x 45 x 1.5 cm (27 ¾ x 17 ¾ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 2426 g

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