Pierre Alechinsky, ‘Ca Cerpente’, 1963, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is a rare, striking etching from the early '60s, in an hors commerce edition of only 10 in Roman Numerals, (III/X) aside from the regular edition of 50 - which makes it even more rare as it was originally not available for sale. The work is in the vintage 1960s frame with the J.L. Hudson Gallery label on the verso. It came from the J.L. Hudson Gallery, founded in 1963 by Joseph L. Hudson, the president of the Detroit based J.L. Hudson Company. Hudson is credited with bringing the highest caliber modernist art to the Detroit areas. The legendary Albert Landry, who had previously owned a gallery in New York, was hired as its first director. This print is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Alechinsky's printed works.
Publisher: La Hune
Catalogue Raisonné: 185, Rivière

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Signature: Signed and dated lower right recto (front); numbered in pencil lower left

Publisher: La Hune

Catalogue Raisonné: 185, Rivière

Ca Serpente has excellent provenance, as it came from the J.L. Hudson Gallery, founded in 1963 by Joseph L. Hudson, the president of the Detroit based J.L. Hudson Company. Hudson is credited with bringing the highest caliber modernist art to the Detroit areas. The legendary Albert Landry, who had previously owned a gallery in New York, was hired as its first director. This print is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Alechinsky's printed works. Bears J.L. Hudson Gallery label verso of frame

About Pierre Alechinsky

Abstraction merges with representation in the paintings and prints of Pierre Alechinsky, known for combining colorful painting with black-and-white ink drawing. A founding member of CoBrA, a group that emphasized material and its spontaneous application, Alechinsky cultivated a lively aesthetic particularly evident in later acrylics and works on paper. Upon visiting Japan, he adopted the Eastern tradition of pouring ink onto the surface of paper spread out on the floor, rendering his subjects—erupting volcanoes, comically deformed creatures, waterfalls, dynamic skies—with a fluidity influenced by Japanese calligraphy. Personal legal and financial documents and often served as the base material for his works.

Belgian, b. 1927, Brussels, Belgium, based in France