Retrato de Emilia by Mauricio Lasansky

Retrato de Emilia by Mauricio Lasansky

Retrato de Emilia

Mauricio Lasansky

Title

Retrato de Emilia

 
Artist
Year
1941  
Technique
drypoint, printed in sienna ink 
Image Size
15 3/4 x 12 3/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
proof, from a total edition of around 10 impressions. 
Annotations
dedicated in lower center ("D. Brandt y senor"); dated after signature; titled in lower left. 
Reference
Fern 47; Zigrosser 47 
Paper
heavy, antique-white wove 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22387 
Price
$5,000.00 
Description

This is a rare Surreal portrait of Lasansky’s wife Emilia, whom he had married in 1937. The plate was printed using a sepia/black ink. An unfinished boat with a suggested figure and the delicate “landscape” that stretches to infinity contrasts the intricate, dream-like state of the subject.

"Portrait of Emilia" was done in Argentina, in 1941, two years before Mauricio left for New York to work at Atelier 17. This impression is pencil dedicated "A Brandt y senor".

Alan Fern commented about these drypoints on page 12 of the University of Iowa's catalog "Lasansky: Printmaker":

"The drypoints...are lyrical and imaginative, relying on surrealist juxtapositions of interior and exterior space, objects in different scale, and interpenetrations of one form by another. These early works are consciously poetic; many of Lasansky's friends and intellectual heroes were poets and writers, who used language in the Spanish tradition with a rich employment of metaphors, strange juxtapositions of objects and ideas, and the frequent expression of states of mind in similes - equivalents for feelings being made vivid by references to objects."