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ALFONSO OSSORIO On Birds.
Etching on hand made PWP Fabriano paper, 1984. 250x200 mm; 10x8 inches, full margins. Printer's proof, aside from the edition of 120. Signed, dated and inscribed "P/P 1/2" in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Sylvia Roth and Roberto DeLamonica, Hudson River Editions, Garnerville, New York. Published by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. From Could I Ask You Something? A superb, richly-inked impression of this very scarce proof.
The scion of a Philippine sugar magnate, Ossorio (1916-1990) was one of the early practitioners of Abstract Expressionism, and in the 1950s he formed important artistic friendships with Jackson Pollock and Jean Dubuffet. They showed Ossorio the value of looking inward for inspiration, and his surrealistic imagery began to evolve into more abstract, outwardly expressionistic work.