1960s Horse Race Lithograph

Date: c. 1960s
Size:  19.5 x 23.5 inches
Notes: Lithograph, Linen Backed
Artist: Unknown
Information: For more details, please call 514 656 3301

About The Poster: This quirky lithograph, which we believe to have been produced in the 1960s, features a dynamic horse racing scene. The marker drawing style of the print is explained by the fact that it is a maquette, or the rough draft of an unfinished poster. More than a sketch or simple outline, it specifies the specific colour shades - and their location in the design - needed for the final product. According to Wikipedia, "[Maquettes are] used to visualize and test shapes and ideas without incurring the cost and effort of producing a full-scale product. It is the analogue of the painter's cartoon, modello, oil sketch or drawn sketch." The overlapping, multicoloured words in the lower right-hand corner of the print are the different colours used throughout the image. They include rouge (red), violet, emer (short for emerald), olive, etc.

While not quite pointillism - an artistic movement which relies on the viewer's eyes and mind to blend the colour spots into a fuller range of tones - this poster applies the same technique to create a bright print by using contrasting colours. That is why pinks and violets are found amongst the greens, purples in the browns, etc. - they help bring out the darker colours to paint a more vivid picture!

Linen backed and in excellent condition. Please note that all of our posters are vintage, non-reproduction works of art.