Un Jour L'amour Nous Blesse by Lee R. Chesney

Un Jour Lamour Nous Blesse by Lee R. Chesney

Un Jour L'amour Nous Blesse

Lee R. Chesney

Title

Un Jour L'amour Nous Blesse

 
Artist

Lee R. Chesney

  1920 - 2016 (biography)
Year
1950  
Technique
mixed technique intaglio 
Image Size
23 3/4 x 11 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
7 of 20  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy cream wove cardstock 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
18111 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

The title of this dramatic image translates roughly to "One Day Our Love Hurts."

This is an early example of Chesney's work in intaglio, done in 1950 while at the University of Iowa. Chesney was one of Mauricio Lasansky's first students after Lasansky came to the University of Iowa from Atelier 17 in New York. Chesney later went to New York to study there first-hand.

Chesney experiments with a surreal figure, a woman giving birth, perhaps an earth mother, a goddess or a monster, depending on the viewer's insight. Her face and arms turn skyward in a scream. The child, visible in her abdomen, starts to enter the birth canal.

The image is done using open-bite etching, aquatint, gauffrage and selective wiping to achieve an almost three dimensional figure and surround.