This is a hand signed original lithograph by Raymond Moretti titled “MASADA” from the Haggadah suite.
This piece is hand signed by the artist. This piece is pencil numbered 146/150. Published by Georges & Armand Israel Editeur in Paris, France 1980.
Printed on Arches Rag Vellum paper. Paper measures 25″ x 20″. Image measures 21″ x 15.5″.
In excellent condition. Comes unframed. Comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
Raymond Moretti was a French painter. He was born in Nice on July 23, 1931 and died in Paris on June 3, 2005. He was born to Italian parents who fled the Fascist Italy of Mussolini. His father was a Tuscan carpenter and anarchist and his mother an Umbrian cleaning lady. Jazz was an important part of the artist’s life, and Moretti painted his first important work to the sound of Count Basie playing on a hand-wound phonograph. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk all posed for him. The 1960s saw the publication of Moretti Verve, a series of 12 LPs recorded by the greatest names of Jazz, the covers illustrated by the painter. These covers are now collector’s items. Moretti adapted the abstract art he used so effectively for jazz illustrations in his art for the Haggadah. He uses color and abstract design together with letters from the Hebrew alphabet to invoke the grandeur of the Exodus from Egypt and to even create the effect of sound in his art.
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