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1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy
  • 1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy

1911 La Quatrieme Arme Aircraft Lithograph by Gamy

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£680.00


Product Description

A beautiful and desirable early 20th century coloured lithograph of ‘LA QUATRIEME ARME – Le monoplane NIEUPORT gagnant le Concours Militaire – moteur Gnome, Helice Chauviere, Tissu Hutchinson’ (The Fourth Armed Service – The Nieuport monoplane winning the Military Contest -Gnome engine, Chauviere propellor, Hutchinson Canvas).

It shows the plane flying over an assembled group of French Army Officers, at an airfield. There is a nice cameo at the lower right, showing the portrait of the famous pilot Louis Bleriot. It is signed GAMY, which is the signature for Marguerite Montaut. It is also marked Mabileau & Co, Paris, Copyright, 1911. The picture is in near mint condition, without any foxing and has been recently mounted, framed and glazed. It is one of a dozen images that we have recently bought and are being listed on this site.

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.

Size image: 52.5 x 30 cm (20 5/8 x 11 ¾ inches)
Size frame: 71 x 48.5 x 1.5 cm (28 x 19 1/8 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 2595 g

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