104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM

     

    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2258 | Lot 411
    Price Realized: $1,440With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

    • Sale 2258 Lot 411

      JACQUES LIPCHITZ
      Thesée et le Minotaure.

      Etching, aquatint and drypoint, 1943-44. 350x285 mm; 13 7/8x11 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 15/50 in pencil, lower margin. A superb impression of this large, scarce etching.

      According to Joann Moser, in the experimental environment at Atelier 17, New York, Lipchitz revived a 19th century technique known as liquid ground or spirit ground aquatint in this work. "Rather than using dry rosin dust to create an acid-resistant surface, either rosin or dammar crystals were suspended in alcohol and floated on the surface of the plate. When the alcohol evaporated, the residual resins could be warmed to adhere them to the plate and form an acid-resistant ground. This technique was very difficult to control, but it allowed the artist to achieve some very subtle wash-like effects in his prints" (Moser, Atelier 17, Madison, WI, 1977, p 29). This painterly approach to printmaking likely influenced the younger generation of artists working side-by-side with Lipchitz and the other old guard European modernists at Atelier 17 during the 1940s.

      Estimate $1,500 - 2,500


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,440