Dolce Vita

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Voitures de Rêves #3
  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 24" x 29 5/8"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 39
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 10
  Total Edition size: 224
  Number of colors: 17
  Year printed: 1986
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 2500 Last price on secondary mkt.
The centerpiece for this image is the Ferrari Cabriolet America.
The genius of Italy has impressed the world since the time of the Caesars and the Roman Empire. There was the architecture of Rome and the Renaissance with Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and later Carravagio. Today the Italian genius is personified by Fellini and Ferrari.
This painting was done like a stage set. The characters and scenery around the Ferrari evoke the world of Fellini. To the side of the car we see Fellini himself, chatting with French poet Charles Baudelaire. In Authouart's mind, Baudelaire had the same kind of genius as Fellini, one century earlier.
The car in this piece was sketched using the car of a friend who once said to Authouart - "The Ferrari is the only car in which you don't want to drive a pretty woman... you prefer hearing the wonderful sound of the engine."
This is the third in a series of six images entitled Voitures de Rêves.
Les Voitures de Rêves:
La Jag
Une Cadillac pour Marilyn
Dolce Vita (Ferrari)
La Mercedes du Casino
Le Privé et la Mustang

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