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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 31 3/4" x 25 1/2"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 27
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 10
  Total Edition size: 212
  Number of colors: 18
  Year printed: 1984
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 2500 Last price on secondary mkt.
Authouart first made the sketches for this image on his first ever trip to New York City. His impressions of the Big Apple were that it was and is bigger than life. It was like the old movies and old detective novels. He was thinking - "Maybe I'll meet Mike Hammer or George Raft".
Back in his studio outside of Paris, always dreaming, Authouart painted Broadway - the Times Square area between 42nd and 47th.
Thinking of the 1940s and '50s, he put a WWII bomber into the image, much like the one that crashed into the Empire State Building. The old US stamp in the picture was a very popular one in France in the mid '50s. Authouart had one in his own stamp collection as a child.
The newspaper headline, "Chicago Gets First Black Mayor", records an important event in American history that occurred while Authouart and his wife were on this trip.
As Authouart sat on the sidewalk making the drawings for this image, a man approached him and offered him $100 for the sketch he was working on. Authouart knew he had arrived. He could take his art with him and be a success anywhere in the world.

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