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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M25817
People
Martin Puryear, American (Washington D.C. born 1941)
Title
Profile
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
2002
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/97071
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Etching, drypoint, and aquatint, printed above and under tan chine collé
Technique
Etching, drypoint and aquatint
Dimensions
plate: 60.3 x 45 cm (23 3/4 x 17 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: M. Puryear
  • inscription: yes, lower margin below platemark, graphite, hand written, signed, in artist's hand: 30/40 M. Puryear 2002
Provenance
[G. W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, New York], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, March 9, 2003.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Martin Puryear, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Accession Year
2003
Object Number
M25817
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Commentary
Puryear's his principal mode of expression is through sculpture. This print's shape is typical for the artist, and, despite the title, the silhouette is intersected with an oval aligned with the drawn "horizon," which suggests volume and dimension into depth. As well, the "capture" of printed elements behind the layer of chine collé suggests space and atmosphere. The print will be a valuable comparison with our "Concorde II" by Ellsworth Kelly, a rectilinear black shape that, through the interaction of its edges with the platemark, likewise suggests a flexion in space.

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