Portrait (from the Hosannah Suite) by Harold Persico Paris

Portrait (from the Hosannah Suite) by Harold Persico Paris

Portrait (from the Hosannah Suite)

Harold Persico Paris

Title

Portrait (from the Hosannah Suite)

 
Artist
Year
1952  
Technique
aquatint and roulette 
Image Size
23 5/8 x 19 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
14 of 50  
Annotations
titled and editioned in pencil 
Reference
Artist's Proof 1 (Vol. 1, #1, 1961, page 13) 
Paper
cream wove, western paper 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
15094 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

In 1952, Harold Paris began the preliminary drawings for what would eventually become a suite of prints entitled Hosannah. The project was originally titled Eternal Judgment, and Paris was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for it in 1953. It wasn't until 1958 that the first version of the suite was completed and exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Paris made a total of five suites, completing the final version, known as the Portland Suite, in 1971. This version is unique in that it contains nine accompanying drawings. Paris said of these, "... some of the nine drawings are preparatory sketches for etchings and lithographs while others remain related ideas and drawings only." This version resides a the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Art Institute, Portland, Oregon.

Hosannah is epical or legendary in its design, and Paris sighted four guiding themes for its creation: "Angelic War, Trial of Man, Fall and Submergence and Hosannah." The word hosannah is defined as a word of praise or adoration, especially in Judaic and Christian use. This should not confuse the reader into thinking that Hosannah is a religious work. It is spiritual and secular, and the ideas and emotions that are expressed by the images are both universal and very personal, relating feelings of anxiety, despair, anguish, and misery.

The first copy of Hosannah consists of thirty-one prints, three of them being colored. The techniques the artist used are varied; metal intaglios, lithographs, and acrylic engravings, and the sizes of the images are generally large. Individual prints from the suites have found themselves dispersed to different collections including the Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art, among others.