Seeing Ghosts by Ian Hugo

Seeing Ghosts by Ian Hugo

Seeing Ghosts

Ian Hugo

Title

Seeing Ghosts

 
Artist

Ian Hugo

  1898 - 1985 (biography)
Year
1942  
Technique
engraving and soft-ground etching printed relief 
Image Size
5 1/2 x 3 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
3 of 30  
Annotations
titled in pencil in lower margin and dated after the signature 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
19359 
Price
$350.00 
Description

A surreal, fantasty engraving by Atelier 17 artist Ian Hugo. This impression is from his estate.

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 early printmakers to help establish the Atelier 17 in New York with Stanley William Hayter, whom they had known in Paris.

Hugo became involved with Atelier 17 in order 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, a collaborative effort.

“Seeing Ghosts", like many of the Atelier 17 experimental prints, was done using engraving to incise the sharp lines and soft-ground to add textures to the surface of the copper plate. This composition was printed from the surface of the inked plate, the engraved lines (which were not inked) appear in the image as white lines. Hugo impressed fabric into the soft-ground and it prints as a veil, from which the figure appears.