R. C. Gorman: The Lithographs Doris Monthan (1924-2012) [Very Good] [Hardcover]
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FIRST EDITION, first printing of Monthan's catalogue of the lithographic works of Navajo artist R. C. Gorman. Folio. 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. xix, 170, [2] pp. Half-title, color frontispiece, foreword by Jules Heller, color plates of Gorman's work throughout, notes to the text, catalogue of lithographs, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth spine over maroon cloth boards, spine titled in gilt, lavender endpapers, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, small soiled spot on colophon. INSCRIBED by R.C. Gorman on half-title with permanent marker sketch of a nude female torso. MM219-001. Very Good. Gorman (1931-2005) was deemed "the Picasso of American Indian Artists" by The New York Times. He was renowned for his paintings of Native American women with bright colors in an "abstract-realism" style. Monthan met Gorman in 1973 and continued to write about his works with her husband, Guy Monthan, until her death. The book includes a commentary on each of Gorman's plates and an overview of his biography and work. A foreword by Jules Heller, an internationally renowned lithographic artist and teacher, provides background on the process of lithography. Most significant, however, is Gorman's inscription on the half-title: "To Doreen + Bart, Much Love." He includes a sketch in marker of a female nude torso, an iconic figure for the artist.
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