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    Sale 2044

    Prints and Multiples

    28 - 29 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 414

    HELEN FRANKENTHALER

    Essence Mulberry (H. 57)

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    HELEN FRANKENTHALER
    Essence Mulberry (H. 57)
    woodcut in colors, 1977, the colors fresh, on buff Maniai Gampi handmade, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 21/46, published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, with their blindstamp, the full sheet printed to three sides, soft rippling throughout (characteristic of this paper) stronger along the upper edge, several vertical hairline fissures in the center of the image (common to this edition), soft crimping at the extreme lower edge of the sheet, otherwise in very good condition
    S. 39½ x 18¾ in. (104 x 475 mm.)


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    Inspired by early renaissance woodcuts, Frankenthaler set out to create am image that would evoke the rich and transparent qualities of the berry for which this print is titled. In her catalogue raisonné of the prints, Peagram Harrison surmises that the artist chose this extraordinarily thin, yet strong Japanese paper before solidifying the imagery, presumably in response to its rarity and delicacy. After several trial proofs, the resulting edition was printed in eight colors in four runs through the press. Frankenthaler emphasized the unique qualities of this handmade paper both by printing to the edges of the sheet and in her unprecedented decision to leave the lower third of the sheet bare. The dynamic play between boldness and subtlety in both the printed image and the paper itself make Essence Mulberry a masterwork of contemporary printmaking.

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    Please note this lot is framed.