Marlène

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 24 1/4" x 31 1/2"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 25
  Total Edition size: 237
  Number of colors: 17
  Year printed: 1989
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 800
On a trip to New York City in the spring of 1988, Authouart was walking on 42nd street near Broadway. He had heard that the area was going to be torn down in the interest of new high rises. Thinking that all of the old theaters would disappear and with them perhaps the memories of the movie stars of twenty and thirty years ago saddened him. Authouart sat down and began to draw and to dream...
In this tribute to Marlène Dietrich, the marquees of 42nd street are titled with her movies and the façades of the theaters stand alone as if they were stage sets. On the right side of the piece we see photos of the artist, like those taken for photo IDs at a booth. The fellow playing the saxophone is a drawing of a friend of Authouart's. The clock in the gutter tells us that time marches on and that nothing is exempt - not Marlène, not 42nd street and not Charlie Chaplin whose skeleton we see sitting off to the left side of the image.
Typical of an Authouart image, we see symbols of America that are recognizable, if not influential, all over the world - the American dollar (a symbol of success), Coca-Cola, and what could be more American than a big old Cadillac?

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