East of Eden

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Myths & Legends #3
 
  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 26 1/4" x 29 3/8"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 25
  Total Edition size: 237
  Number of colors: 15
  Year printed: 1990
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 1200 Last price on secondary mkt.
East of Eden depicts the tragically short life of James Dean.
In September of 1989 Authouart made a trip to Los Angeles. As always, he made plenty of sketches. The sketches for this piece were made on Sunset Boulevard. Upon returning to his studio outside of Paris, he imagined the image of James Dean's last day, September 30, 1955.
In the image, we see Dean on billboards for two of his movies, East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause. A sign on a building, Geant (French for Giant), announces the only other movie the young actor ever made. Letters that spell out Rebel Without a Cause, topple off a building onto the wrecked Porsche 550 Spyder in which Dean died.
With Dean at the wheel, we see The Little Bastard #130 driving off to the car races at the Salinas California airport. Dean was to drive the Spyder in those races the next day. He would never make it - a few hours later his life ended on Old Highway 466 just outside of Fairmont CA. Ironically, the Salinas valley was the location of his film East of Eden.
East of Eden is the third piece in the series of six:
Myths & Legends:

M&L#1   Bus Stop

M&L#2   On Abbey Road Corner

M&L#3   East of Eden

M&L#4   Thriller

M&L#5   Times Square

M&L#6   Jimi's Dead

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