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A. Marc prints, N. Markovitch, Andre Marc, Nicolas Markovitch prints...

I saw several old posts regarding A. Marc prints (real artist is Nicolas Markovitch), and wanted to add artist bio info that I compiled through research for anyone interested in learning more about the artist and his lithographic prints. If you use this info, please give us credit (see bottom), thank you. -Mark Strong, Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.

Artist Bio (To the best of my research): 

Nicolas Markovitch (Serbian-French, 1894-1964), artist, watercolorist, architect and block printer. Markovitch used more than a few pseudonyms over the course of his career, such as; A. Marc or just Marc, and J. Philippe or Jean Philippe. Alternate sources state other pseudonyms with the full name listed as Andre Marc or Andre Marc Rothenburg, which are both still incorrect for the artist.

Markovitch was an architect who worked and lived in France, and is primarily known for his architectural paintings of city buildings, cathedrals and monuments, along with Swiss, Italian, German, English and Belgian landscapes, cityscapes, mountainscapes & seascapes, lake & marine scenes, and many scenes in the U.S. especially cityscapes of New York City and other places such as Gloucester, MA.

Markovitch painted watercolor illustrations for several books (Paris, Editions, Alpina) from the late 1920’s-early 40’s, and is credited for the watercolors in the Editions with his real name Nicolas Markovitch or N. Markovitch. He was one of the best watercolorists of the time and went on to do a lot of work with the Stehli Brothers company Stehli Frères, Editeurs, Zurich, Switzerland throughout the 1930’s and 40’s. Stehli Frères published many different watercolor series of his works, and they were printed in various sizes, typically from about 9” x 12” to 12” x 16”, and others as large as 18” x 24”.

For his original watercolor paintings, he always signed them with his true name Markovitch. For the reproduction lithographs of his landscapes and architectural series he signed them with the name A. Marc or just Marc. For his flower/botanical lithos he signed them with the name Jean Philippe or just J. Philippe.

Purportedly his watercolors were originally done for either his architectural work that he did in France or simply as a hobby. Either way, it eventually turned into a profitable venture for him through his numerous book illustrations and published lithographs. His watercolors show very fine technical ability and artistic skill, especially with his architectural series, and usually feature great composition with wonderful colors. His lithos were published and distributed around the world and are very collectible today.

The Stehli Frères lithos were usually printed on a nice heavier watercolor-like paper stock with rough edges to give the appearance of an actual watercolor painting and were done with very high lithographic quality at the time. The printing quality was so good that many people over the years have thought they were original works of art and many still make the same mistake even today. Some of the Markovitch lithos were printed in color halftones as well.

Before the start of World War II, Markovitch lived in Figeac, a small commune in the southwest of France. During the war, Markovitch was deported to Slovakia, where he later worked in a deportation camp in Povrly (German Pömmerle), Czech Republic. He was a prisoner for two years before his liberation at the end of the war and upon his return, he weighed about 77lbs. (35kgs). He continued to live in Figeac for a while, painting many scenes of the town and surrounding areas. Markovitch died in 1964, in Bourg-la-Reine, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France.

(Written & compiled by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, www.meibohmfinearts.com, from sources: Our internal archives; Artconversation.com, Artcyclopedia: The Conversation, multiple previous posts and threads on the artist Markovitch, Marc and Philippe; eBay, prior listings with information; abebooks.de; mcleanbooks.com; Wikipedia; iantiqueonline.com, additional biographical information from a blog response to one of my posts, by username Reynal, a grandson of a very dear friend of Nicolas Markovitch in France-Thank you!)

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Comment by Mark Strong on February 23, 2016 at 11:40am

Greetings Charlotte, thank you for the kind words. I suppose (best guess) that they could be printer/artist proofs, since the swatches you describe are more than likely the individual printing ink colors needed to print one chromolithographic print---each separately made from individual litho stones. Many times the printer would check against the artist's original work to make sure the color separations were done correctly and that the colors match as close as possible to the artist's original artwork, and would often show or mail the proofs to the artist for approval. Usually when they got an artist's blessing (or other; artist estate's, museum's, galleries etc.), then they could do the regular runs of the art prints. Some printers were obviously better than others back in the day, and sometimes an artist may switch publishers/printers to someone who could better reproduce their artwork. It was an art form in and of itself, with publishers & printers trying to capture accurately, various works of art for reproduction. Sometimes the older antique chromos (Mid-late 19th C. & early 20th C.) took as many as 20-30+ lithos stones to reproduce and make one oleograph/chromolithograph. It was a tedious process no doubt, and some took months to prepare, but wow what a wonderful result, with great tonal range and depth of color. The Stehli Freres Chromos were wonderfully printed and were some of the best prints done at that time period and have often fooled people into thinking they are real watercolors. Generally prints sold to the public didn't normally include the color bars, but we've had and seen many over the years that did show each color separation in the outer margin areas of the prints, which I think is very cool to see. Keep up the collecting! Kind Regards, Mark

Comment by Charlotte Kruger on February 21, 2016 at 12:36am
Hi, Mark. Thank you for the posted information. I have a number of "prints" (36 total) with the A. Marc signature -- however, I am somewhat puzzled since several of them have numerous color 'swatches' on the back of the "prints" with each color identified by name and handwritten in pencil next to the color swatch. They have the Stehli Freres publisher's stamp on the back as well. Someone suggested they might be "Artist Proofs." Any thoughts on that? In addition, I purchased them all at an estate sale some 40 years ago in Kansas City, Missouri, contained in a large Lithograph paper flat box. In that box were the A. Marc prints, several "prints" by A. Gasteiger (I believe Anna Gasteiger), as well as a number of charcoal and pencil drawings/sketches by an artist whose handwritten name appears to be Maass or Maafs or Maaff? The last artist mentioned had done a number of skeletal sketches (I am assuming as a student exercise) as well as numerous finished charcoal drawings. I love every piece! Thanks for your time.
Comment by Sam on May 20, 2013 at 6:37pm

St. Tropez by A.Marc

I have a nice watercolor with a label on the back A. Marc "Le vieux port - St. Tropez" , - on the painting, it is signed only Marc. I enjoy it tremendously, even if some people find the colors dark for a watercolor

Comment by reynal on March 13, 2011 at 5:59am


My grandfather who lived in Figeac (south west of france) was a great friend of Nicolas Markovitch.

He knew him in slovaquia where they both were deported during the second war world.

(working deportation camp of Pömmerle) When they came back after two years as prisonners their weight was around 35  kilograms...)

After the war , nicolas Markowitch stayed in figeac for a while and made several paintings of this town and area.

Two of this paintings (presents from the painter) are still owned by members of my family.

Sincerely yours . jean-françois  REYNAL

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