Requiem

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 27 1/4" x 23 3/8"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 25
  Total Edition size: 237
  Number of colors: 16
  Year printed: 1990
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 850
The first state of the powerful Requiem was a painting done in 1985. Authouart made this haunting picture listening to Brahms' German Requiem. The inspiration to paint it, however, came from a small black and white photo, from the Second World War, of Jews in a concentration camp. They were being ushered to their death, accompanied by their friends and relatives who were obliged, by their jailers, to play music.
In this gripping image, the lifeless specter of the instruments is painfully apparent without the players. The life is gone and the musical scores are blowing in the wind.
To accentuate the intense power and emotion of the piece, Authouart has used large vertical planes in the sky and in front of the destroyed buildings. He used many oblique lines and the red color of blood across the center to interpret the violence and horrific sensation of those times.
We do see hope for the future however, with the yellow color of the sun and the life of a young women coming down the stairs.

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