Oiseaux III by Johnny Friedlaender

Oiseaux III by Johnny Friedlaender

Oiseaux III

Johnny Friedlaender

Title

Oiseaux III

 
Artist
Year
1951  
Technique
four-color etching with aquatint and soft-ground. 
Image Size
19 1/4 x 11 11/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
artist's proof from outside of the numbered edition of 50 
Annotations
pencil editioned as Epreuve d'Artiste 
Reference
Schmucking 96 
Paper
ivory Rives BFK watermarked 
State
published 
Publisher
Editeur La Source, Paris. 
Inventory ID
21975 
Price
$900.00 
Description

Friedlaender's early etchings explored the animal world; fish, birds, cats, dogs and horses. This aquatint and etching, done in black and brown inks, done in 1951, was an early venture by the printmaker into color and non-objective abstraction, both of which dominated in his later works.

This energetic etching of two birds uses a reddish-brown ground, textured by a mesh pressed into softground as a background to contain the image within a surround. Two little triangles of red and blue anchor the composition.

This impression is an artist's proof, printed aside from the published edition of 50, which was done for Editeur Le Source, Paris. This proof is annotated on the bottom margrin "Oiseau S/ Fond Rose" (pink background).

Friedlaender printed another intaglio in 1951 he also titled "Oiseaux III" (S-80) that was not published as an edition.