Piano

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 31 7/8" x 23 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: $ 1050 Last price on secondary mkt.
The story behind Piano is a universal one. It is the reflection or anticipation of the life of one's child.
In this case we see Chlöe, Authouart's seven year old daughter at the time, playing the piano. Sprawled out on the floor and leading eventually out the door are the toys and memorabilia of a young girl's life. From a young infant's teddy bears to a grown woman's wedding gown, these remembrances let us reflect on a youth that passes altogether too quickly.
The image of Marie, Chlöe's older sister, is seen in the form of a post card. Alphabet blocks spell out the names of the two girls. As they grow older, their teddy bears and dolls change to typewriters and violins. The framed picture is of the proud parents, Authouart and his wife Geneviève, while a clock shows the passage of time. We can even see, symbolically depicted by the dolls, that one day the girls will have babies of their own.
For the girls, life has so much in store for them. Who knows what lies ahead? The parents have such great joy while their children are young - but as sure as time passes and teddy bears turn to wedding dresses - one day they will walk out that door.

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