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Arbit Blatas (Lithuanian, 1908–1999)
LOT ID: 67525
Portrait of Marcel Marceau, ie. circa 1955

Oil, on masonite
48 х 15 in. (121.92 x 38.1 cm.)
Signed, in oil, lower right recto.
Lot description
56 x 23 framed

Marcel Marceau was a great and long-time friend of Lithuanian artist Arbit Blatas and figured largely as a subject in his artwork. Blatas attended the world première of "The Threepenny Opera" in Berlin in 1928. The the musical theatre work by Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht would go on to inspire Blatas for the next 70 years. His ouevre of work depicting scenes and characters from "The Threepenny Opera" includes 18 portraits, 10 sculptures, several large canvases and sets of color and black-and-white lithographs.

1947 - Elected life member of the Salon D'Automne (France)
1978 - Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur ( France )
1980 – Gold Medal "Venezia Riconoscente" – presented by Mayor Mario Rigo
1982 - Medal of Masada (Israel)
1982 - Special Honor of the City of New York
1987 - Commandeur – Médaille de Vermeil (City of Paris)
1993 - Gold Medal of Honor, City of Venice ( Italy ) - presented by the President of Italy
1993 - Presidential Medal of Italy
1994 - Officier de la Légion d'honneur (France)
2008 - Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Lithuania (Posthumous)
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