The Olla Art collection has recently been enriched with a work by Pierre Alechinsky, the lithograph ‘Le pays noir’. This fairly early work, from 1962, was published at the time by the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf, an association that still exists today.
The Paris house of Beaudet printed the lithograph in an edition of 150 copies on Vélin d’Arches. The offered copy is one of those 150 copies. In addition, ten artist’s proofs were printed.
The black land
The title of the work (‘Le pays noir’ or ‘the black land’) most likely refers to the Pays Noir, a region around the Belgian city of Charleroi (officially: Borinage). In the 19th century, a large-scale coal industry and related steel and glass industry developed in this region, which coloured the land ‘black’.
The lithograph is described and depicted in the oeuvre catalogue compiled by Yves Rivière as number 145 (Rivière, 1973, p. 62). The lithograph is signed and dated in pencil by Alechinsky, and is in excellent condition.
Rivière, Y. (ed.) (1973). Pierre Alechinsky: Les estampes de 1946 à 1972. Paris: Yves Rivière Éditeur.
Pierre Alechinsky, Le pays noir, 1962
lithograph, 65.5 x 50.2 cm (sheet)