Net and Triton by Ezio Martinelli

Net and Triton by Ezio Martinelli

Net and Triton

Ezio Martinelli

Title

Net and Triton

 
Artist
Year
1957  
Technique
color etching and engraving 
Image Size
17 1/2 x 11 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
68 of 200  
Annotations
titled, dated and editioned in pencil 
Reference
IGAS 23, March, 1957 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS) 
Inventory ID
15712 
Price
$500.00 
Description

Martinelli studied classical fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy, before returning to his homestate of New York to further his studies, focusing now on graphic arts, including studying intaglio printing with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17.

"Net and Triton", published by the International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS) is a wonderful example of the two worlds of artistic thought, old and new, colliding: expert, classical technical skill and a Surrealist composition, executed in a medium (color engraving) that had only recently begun to separate from its mechanical, commercial beginnings.

Triton was a Greek god, a merman that was human to his waist, with the tail of a fish. The son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, the god and goddess of the sea, Triton was considered the messanger of the sea. He is depicted with a twisted conch shell which he used to calm or raise the waves of the seas.

Former Brooklyn Museum print curator Una E. Johnson commented about this work: "...His prints form and exquisite accompaniment to his more fomral work. Martinelli often employs a print medium to evolve a theme or composition for sculpture or painting. In his recent print, Net and Triton", where the thrust and counter thrust of movement is concentrated in the strong figures of two gladiators, the artist develops a basically sculptural idea."