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R. Crumb Original Place Mat Art: Novels of Passion * NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE *
R. Crumb Original Art - Placemat drawing
# 5 - "Novels of Passion"
- June 1999
This original measures 15.5 inches wide
by 11.75 inches high. It is also drawn on the reverse side of
a Le Micocoulier Restaurant placemat. In this case, however,
the placemat is fully intact and has not been cut. Crumb's pre-printed
drawing of the restaurant appears in both the upper left and
right corners along with the Crumb logo. Unlike the previous
two placemats, however, this one at one point, was damp where
a small diameter beverage ring appears in the upper left and
middle upper right. On the original, there is a residual light
warping of the paper radiating from the original source of dampness.
Both of these are outside the image area. If this was antique
furniture, they would be called "character marks."
There is a fainter but visible third source on the left edge
of the upper foliage. Other than this, the only other physical
flaw is a 5.75 inch crease in the lower right corner bisecting
the short haired male. Of added interest is that fact that the
prominent female character holding a cigarette, is Francoise
Mouly, the art director of the New Yorker and the wife of Art
Spiegelman. She and Art periodically vacation in the village
where Crumb resides.