Detective

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 19 1/2" x 29 1/2"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 25
  Total Edition size: 237
  Number of colors: 18
  Year printed: 1988
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 2500 Last price on secondary mkt.
This image is the juxtaposition of some sketches Authouart made on New York's Canal Street and his favorite comic strip character, Rip Kirby.
In 1950 after Authouart's father had died, he was living alone with his mother. Authouart was too young to read so his mother would read to him from her favorite magazine. In the magazine were the adventures of Rip Kirby. She used to tell him "Rip Kirby is a detective. A detective is a man that searches for lost children." He became Authouart's hero.
In this tribute to the detective, we see, in addition to Rip Kirby entering his agency, other symbols of America that also influenced Authouart in his youth. A GI drinking a Coke, American films, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were all very visible in Europe in the years immediately following WWII.

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