Jungle Book by Ian Hugo

Jungle Book by Ian Hugo

Jungle Book

Ian Hugo

Title

Jungle Book

 
Artist

Ian Hugo

  1898 - 1985 (biography)
Year
1941  
Technique
engraving and soft-ground etching 
Image Size
7 3/8 x 9 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
V/XXX 
Annotations
dated and numbered in pencil 
Reference
British Museum reg.# 1987,0516.56 
Paper
heavy antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
18010 
Price
$950.00 
Description

A fictionalized portrait of Ian Hugo, whose given name was Hugh Parker Guiler and his wife, author Anais Nin appears in Philip Kaufman's 1990 film "Henry & June." Hugo was one the the early printmakers to help establish the Atelier 17 in New York with Hayter, who he had known in Paris.

Hugo wanted to learn engraving so he could illustrate Anais Nin's books. She was having a difficult time finding publishers and they decided to publish her works by themselves.

"Jungle Book", like many of the Atelier 17 experimental prints, was done using both engraving for sharp line and soft ground etching, with fabrics and papers pushed into the soft ground to create the tones and textures.

Hugo's childhood was spent in Puerto Rico and the tropical landscape of his youth is often reflected in the Surreal imagery, such as "Jungle Book", which is probably also an homage to Kipling's childrens book that evoked such vivid images for so many children worldwide.