(In collaboration with Rico Lebrun) Underside of Tortoise (from: The Encantadas, by Herman Melville) by Leonard Baskin

(In collaboration with Rico Lebrun)  Underside of Tortoise (from: The Encantadas, by Herman Melville) by Leonard Baskin

(In collaboration with Rico Lebrun) Underside of Tortoise (from: The Encantadas, by Herman Melville)

Leonard Baskin

Title

(In collaboration with Rico Lebrun) Underside of Tortoise (from: The Encantadas, by Herman Melville)

 
Artist

Leonard Baskin

  1922 - 2000 (biography)
Year
1963  
Technique
woodcut 
Image Size
16 15/16 x 14 7/8" image 
Signature
pencil: Lebrun, lower left; Baskin, lower right 
Edition Size
proof, outside the edition of 150 
Annotations
 
Reference
Fern/O'Sullivan 443 
Paper
green, laid Shogun 
State
proof 
Publisher
Gehenna Press 
Inventory ID
15806 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description
A proof from a collaboration between Rico Lebrun, who did the drawings, and Leonard Baskin, who did the cuttings. From a series of 7 woodcuts to illustrate Herman Melville's "The Encantadas" where he wrote, concerning the "Two Sides to a Tortoise": "Moreover, everyone knows that tortoises as well as turtle are of such a make that if you but put them on their backs you thereby expose their bright sides without the possibility of their recovering themselves, and turning into view the other. But after you have done this, and because you have done this, you should not swear that the tortoise has no dark side. Enjoy the bright, keep it turned up perpetually if you can, but be honest, and don't deny the black. Neither should he who cannot turn the tortoise from its natural position so as to hide the darker and expose his livelier aspect, like a great October pumpkin in the sun, for that cause declare the creature to be one total inky blot".