Color lithograph after the watercolor illustrations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry from his beloved masterpiece "The Little Prince".
This lithograph was printed and published in 2009 in our Art-Lithographies studio in Paris using 100% cotton 300 g/m² BFK Rives paper. Artwork entirely made in France: from the production of the paper in Arches in the Vosges department, to the traditional lithographic printing process, one drawing for each different color, one color per press run.
The lithograph was authorized, supervised and validated by the Saint-Exupéry Estate. It is plate-signed by the artist from the edition of 300 and features the dry stamp of the Saint-Exupéry Estate.
Delivered with a certificate of authenticity signed by our company, the original printer of those lithographs.
Le Vieux Roi (The King)
DIMENSIONS: 31x40 cm (12.2'x15.7' in)
PAPER: BFK Rives
PRINTERS: Art-Lithographies Workshop, Paris
PUBLISHERS: Michel de Seguins, Paris
COA: Yes. Signed by the original printers
When Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince was just beginning to take form, he left the project with a friend before leaving New York City to rejoin the war effort. At that point, Saint-Exupéry was carrying around the book in a brown paper bag and the illustrations featured stains and even cigarette burns.
Full of life, what makes these drawings really extraordinary is that they at once embody and counter Saint-Exupéry’s most memorable line — “What is essential is invisible to the eye” — by seeking to make visible, even seen, the creative craftsmanship of a man who long after his death continues to move generations with his tender tale about the meaning of life.
The Morgan Library in New York showcased 43 of the book's earliest drawings, as well as the author's personal letters, photographs and more during an early 2014 exhibit, The Little Prince: A New York Story.