Ian Hugo - Ten Engravings (A Portfolio) by Ian Hugo

Ian Hugo - Ten Engravings (A Portfolio) by Ian Hugo

Ian Hugo - Ten Engravings (A Portfolio)

Ian Hugo

Title

Ian Hugo - Ten Engravings (A Portfolio)

 
Artist

Ian Hugo

  1898 - 1985 (biography)
Year
1979  
Technique
10 engravings done in 1943 1945 & 1946 
Image Size
plate sizes vary; 15 x 11" sheet size, portfolio: 16-3/4 x 12-3/8 x 1-5/8" 
Signature
each pencil signed, lower left 
Edition Size
17/50 plus 11 proofs 
Annotations
each pencil titled, dated, editioned 
Reference
Library of Congress: NE539.H85 A4 1979; AAA 2464 - 2473 
Paper
antique-white Arches 
State
published state, 1979 
Publisher
Associated American Artists 
Inventory ID
19881 
Price
$1,700.00 
Description

"Ten Engravings" were created by Ian Hugo at Atelier 17 in New York in 1943, 1945 and 1946. Until this printing, only proofs existed. The printing of this edition was done by Madeline-Claude Joback at her New York studio between 1977 and 1978.

The portfolio was published by Associated American Artists (AAA) in New York in 1979. The total number of impressions pulled were 61: The first 20 were numbered 1/50 to 20/50 and included in a portfolio, such as this; impressions numbered 21/50 through 50/50 were available individually; there are 10 artist's proof suites numbered I/X - X/X, plus 1 "printer's proof" suite.

The Foreword was written by the artist's wife, author Anais Nin. The first two paragraphs of the Foreward read:

"Ian Hugo learned the technique of line engraving on copper at Atelier 17, under William Hayter, but as an artist he is essentially self taught. These engravings began as unconscious 'doodling'; the doodling became an unpremeditated pressure on the engraving tool. Amazing and unexpected figures appeared. The lines have the purity and simplicity of cave drawings." The ten engravings are: 1. Early Marshes, 1943; 2. Lightly, 1943; 3. Toreador, 1945; 4. Forest Woman, 1945; and the rest from 1946; 5. It Ain't Necessarily So; 6. Mother of All; 7. Together; 8. Encircled; 9. Caravan and 10. On Stage.