From Picasso to Chagall:
The Art of Lithography with Eric Mourlot
Wednesday April 28, 2021
In English • LIVE on Zoom
Eric Mourlot, the owner of Galerie Mourlot and Mourlot Editions, will discuss the history behind Galerie Mourlot as well as its groundbreaking collaborations with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Having taken over the family print shop in 1920 Fernand Mourlot, Eric’s grandfather, fostered a resurgence of lithography, revealing it as a new avenue for expression and a new realm of possibilities for the likes of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, and Alberto Giacometti, among others. This legacy was continued by his son Jacques Mourlot, Eric’s father, who expanded the Galerie to New York, collaborating with artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, and Lee Krasner.
Since opening Galerie Mourlot in New York in 2005, Eric Mourlot has continued his family’s legacy, providing a platform on which artists create history. The conversation will be moderated by Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University.
45 minutes with Q&A
Exclusive Sale of Mourlot Editions Lithographs
April 28–May 12
In conjunction with the talk, an exclusive online sale featuring more than 100 lithographic posters from the Mourlot collection will be held to benefit FIAF.
Works by the greatest modern and contemporary artists, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, David Hockney, Le Corbusier, and Yves Klein, among others, will be featured.
A special discount of 20% will be offered and a portion of the proceeds will go to support FIAF’s cultural and educational programs.
Eric Mourlot is the owner of Galerie Mourlot and Mourlot Editions.
He was born in 1970 in New York City while his father Jacques was running the studio on Bank Street and after two years, the family relocated back to Paris for Jacques to take over the main studio. It was here where Eric, as a child, began to spend his evenings learning various printing techniques with the help of artists including Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Joan Miró. Eric participated in the printing process, cleaning off the machine rollers and developing a keen sense for his surroundings as a source of inspiration and creativity. He quickly became passionate about the relationships and collaborations between artists, printers, gallerists, and publishers leading him to open his first gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1991. In 2005, Galerie Mourlot relocated to its current Upper East Side location in NYC where Eric continues to provide a platform for artists to create history. Mourlot Editions is the legacy of his family’s print shop, the next chapter of the story. An avenue of expression where Eric can display both the works and histories of the artists his father and grandfather created with, as well as expose the continued relationship between printers and artists through the process and art form of lithography.
Pepe Karmel is Associate Professor of Art History at New York University.
His book, Picasso and the Invention of Cubism, was published by Yale University Press in 2003. He has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Robert Morris: Felt Works (Grey Art Gallery, 1989), Jackson Pollock (MoMA, 1998), The Age of Picasso (Fundacion Botin, 2004), and Conceptual Abstraction (Hunter College Gallery, 2012). He has contributed to many exhibition catalogues, and has written for publications including Art in America and The New York Times. His new book, Abstract Art: A Global History, was recently published by Thames & Hudson.