Jean Charlot

1898 – 1979

Playing Drums

Jean Charlot (1898-1979) was born in Paris, France and studied art in his native city at Lycee Condorcet and at the Ecole de Beaux arts in Paris. During WW-I he served as an artillery officer. His mother, with her French, Mexican, and Jewish lineage, introduced him to Mexico in 1920, where he sketched for archeologists excavating Mayan ruins. He became enthused with his Mexican heritage, as evident in a series of mural paintings in Mexico City assisting Diego Rivera and other members of the Syndicate of Painters and Sculptors. After working from 1929 with lithography printer George Miller in New York, Charlot began a lifetime collaboration in 1933 with Lynton R. Kistler, a master lithography printer in Los Angeles, reputedly making the first stone-drawn color lithographs in the United States. In 1947, Charlot briefly headed the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Art School before settling in Hawaii in 1949 where he taught for 20 years at the University of Hawaii. He exhibited at the LA Stendahl Gallery 1933 and 1938, LA County Fair 1949, Yale University 1963, San Diego Museum, University of Hawaii Academy of Fine Arts, California Orange County Museum, and the Notre Dame University. Shown is a colored lithograph signed, “Jean Charlot” and dated “38.” The scene is of a Myan-like Mother and Father figures playing drums in the foreground with a child in the background watching the action. “12 x 9”

Artist:  Jean Charlot

Date:  1938

Size:  12″ x 9″

Medium:  Color Lithograph

Price:  $1,995