Around the Corner

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 30" x 22"
  Edition size: 250
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 21
  Total Edition size: 308
  Number of colors: 17
  Year printed: 1996
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 1275 Last price on secondary mkt.
It's midnight. A detective is waiting at the intersection of two dark streets. Will he meet love or death? Who will prevail - the blonde in the Cadillac or the man with the gun on the fire escape?
Authouart got the idea for this image while reading a 1950's detective novel, The Light in the Window, by William Irish. Authouart has truly captured the feeling of the '50's detective novel, of film noire, here in Around the Corner. In film noire it seems the hero is lighting a cigarette every ten minutes. Here, our main character, the focal point of the piece, is lighting a cigarette. The emphasis of this entire image is on lighting and the effects of light.
When seen from far away, this image looks almost like a gray, abstract painting with a circle of light. When seen up close, one is surprised by the enormous amount of detail. Notice the entire image is reproduced above the theater marquis and again above the marquis in that picture, etc..., a device known to the French as L'effet Boîte de Camembert.

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