The Atelier Mourlot, established in 1852, began as a producer of fine wallpaper in Paris. In 1914, Jules Mourlot expanded the operation to include printing illustrated books and lithographic posters for art institutions, including the French National Museum. By 1937, with Jules’ son Fernand Mourlot at the helm, Atelier Mourlot became the largest and most famous print shop of the 20th century.
Fernand graduated from the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Inside of the Atelier, he collaborated with highly recognized artists, including modern masters Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore and Le Corbusier, for more than half a century to produce original lithographic works.
In 1967, Atelier Mourlot moved from Paris to a studio on Bank Street, in New York City, and collaborated with artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz and Claes Oldenburg to produce contemporary lithographic masterpieces. The studio closed in 1999, but this work and the process of its creation remains accessible via Galerie Mourlot.
Fernand opened a subsidiary of the Atelier on Bank Street and subsequently, the Mourlot family relocated to NYC, where Eric Mourlot was born in 1970. After two years, he moved to Paris, France, where he began spending his evenings learning various printing techniques in the presence and with the aid of artists, including Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Joan Miró.
As a child, Eric participated in the printing process and would clean off the lithographic machine rollers being used. His surroundings developed into a source of inspiration and he quickly became passionate about the relationships and collaborations that take place between artists, printers, gallerists, and publishers.
In 1991, he opened his first gallery at 119 Newbury Street in Boston. Galerie Mourlot moved to 16 East 79th Street in New York City in 2005, where Eric continues to display the works and histories of contemporary and modern artists, and expose their relationship and connection to the process and art form of lithography. His greatest joy is to share, discuss, and exchange ideas surrounding art, and describes it as the ultimate form of expression and platform for progress and change.