MAURICE SENDAK. Queen of the Night. Image from the opera Magic Flute at Houston Grand Opera. Etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint with roulette additions printed from one copper plate. 381x310mm; 15x12 1/4 inches, sheet, on white wove, mouldmade, Lana paper. Signed and dated by Sendak in 2002, and numbered 10/10 in pencil, lower margin. [Mt. Kisco: Tyler Press, circa 1979]
In the1970s Sendak began collaborating with printmaker Kenneth Tyler while working on sets and costumes for Mozart's The Magic Flute and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. The operas inspired him to create a wealth of sketches, drawings, and watercolors. Some of them appeared in his beloved book Nutcracker and others were printed at Tyler Graphics between 1977 and 1984, and again in 2002, employing lithography and intaglio processes. "Sendak's love of drawing and his joy in the collaborative process resulted in numerous states for each image . . . But circumstances prevented any of these editions from being published. Sendak went on to hand-watercolor some of the black-and-white intaglios, including Wild Thing and Ida"--see Marabeth Cohen-Tyler: http://nga.gov.au/InternationalPrints/Tyler for more information on this collaboration. They have never before appeared at auction: the prints were apportioned to the artist, to the National Gallery of Australia's Kenneth Tyler Print Collection, and to Kenneth Tyler himself for his personal collection. This print was acquired directly from Sendak.
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