Raymond Moretti (1931, Nice - 2005, Paris)
Louis Armstrong, Jazz Folio Door, 1983
Original black & white lithograph on Arches paper
Hand-signed and numbered (93/150) in pencil
65 cm x 50 cm
In perfect condition
Raymond Moretti was a passionate jazz lover; he grew up listening to Count Basie on shellac disc.
He is known for his dynamic penstrokes and original representations of legendary jazz figures of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, where the image emerges from the background. Iconic artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk also posed for him.
Raymond Moretti, Louis Armstrong
Raymond Moretti was a French postwar painter, illustrator and sculptor, the child of Italian parents who fled Mussolini's Fascist Italy.
He remarked as a prodigious artist at the age of 16, when he painted an impressive artwork titled "Moses Ready to Break the Tablets of the Law" (in 1659, the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt created a painting with the same title). The artwork entered the collection of the Museum of Jerusalem.
He painted monumental works on huge surfaces: the 200 square meters fresque of Forum des Halles in his hometown, Nice; the arcades of the Capitole in Toulouse (29 large paintings illustrating the history of the city) as well as 12 oil paintings inspired by the Holocaust exhibited at the Museum of Tel Aviv.
He was a close friend of Pablo Picasso who influenced him, and of Jean Cocteau, with whom he painted gouaches and one oil on the theme of 'The Age of Aquarius'.
He created the exhibition poster for the most important artistic event in the USA, "ART Expo", New York (1985).
He is the creator of the trophy "DjangodOr" (The Golden Django) named after the famous manouche guitarist Django Reinhardt, an award prize for jazz musicians in Europe.
He was the author of a series of 12 LPs recorded by the greatest names of jazz, titled "Moretti Verve", art covers that are now valuable collector items. He also created one album cover for the Greek singer Nana Mouskouri.
Moretti illustrated one album cover of Jacques Brel ("The man of la Mancha") and his poetry work ("Poetical Works"). He received the Golden Eagle for his famous illustration of Arthur Rimbaud's "Illuminations".
There are more than 200 exhibitions of Raymond Moretti in the world. Important galleries and art auction houses are constantly exhibiting and selling his artworks.