Fernand Mourlot (1895 – 1988) was a French lithographer who steered lithography away from its traditional use in commercial advertising toward the world of fine art. His father, Jules Mourlot, owned his own lithographic printing shop. After his death the shop devolved upon three of his sons, Georges, Fernand, and Maurice, and together they established Mourlot Frères. Each had a singular role to play, and for Fernand it was to become the master technician at the press.
Mourlot Frères created advertising posters that aspired to become fine art. Noteworthy early examples are the poster for a 1930 Delacroix exhibition in Paris and the poster for the 1937 Maitres de l’Art Indépendant Exhibition at the Petit Palais. The latter actually involved two posters: one based on a painting by Henri Matisse and another based on a painting by Pierre Bonnard. During the course of his professional career Mourlot worked with Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, and others.
In 1937 Mourlot began his association with Tériade, the French publisher of Verve and of many fine livres d’artistes. Mourlot printed the lithographs for six issues of Verve after World War II and collaborated with Tériade on numerous illustrated books.
Books from Mourlot Fréres available from Boreas Fine Art:
Braque, Georges. Cahier de Georges Braque 1917-1955. Paris: Maeght Éditeur. 1948  (First expanded edition comprising ninety-four pages covering 1917-1947 and twenty-four additional pages covering 1947-1955).
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