Northern City by Maurice Lapp

Northern City by Maurice Lapp

Northern City

Maurice Lapp

Title

Northern City

 
Artist

Maurice Lapp

  1925 - 2014 (biography)
Year
c. 1960  
Technique
ink and pigments 
Image Size
19 11/16 x 27 1/2" image and paper size 
Signature
ink, lower right 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
annotated "Northern City" on verso 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy, antique-white wove 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
20350 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

An early abstraction by Northen California artist Maurice Lapp. Lapp uses a dark background below a horizon, on which he paints a synthetic cubist composition, rectangular, triangular and square spaces filled with colors, red, white, black, gray, etc.

The overall effect is perhaps inspired by the great Italian printmaker Giovanni Piranesi, who Lapp admired and whose architectural etchings of ancient Rome and imaginary Prisons have engaged other artists for three centuries.

The "structures" emerge from the backgound and recede again. They could be a musical score, ancient ruins or a modern city. Viewed in another way it could have been inspired by an aerial view of streets, roofs, parks, etc.