Last Day by David H. Becker

Last Day by David H. Becker

Last Day

David H. Becker

Title

Last Day

 
Artist

David H. Becker

  1937 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1977  
Technique
hard ground etching and engraving 
Image Size
23 7/8 x 19 11/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
74 of 139  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
illustrated p. 158, "Progressive Printmakers", UofW 
Paper
cream BFK Rives France wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22787 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

With the "Last Day," David Becker presents the viewer with an allegorical nightmare - a bound figure dangles over a wasteland, which seems poised to absorb the figure into a hole developing in the dry riverbed below. Though done in 1977 this image could well stand as a forerunner to today's climate change awareness.

Becker, who has been referred to as a 20th century Pieter Brueghel the Younger for his apocalyptic and Hell-like imagery, used both etching and engraving to create this surreal image. Printmaker/author Warrington Colescott used this image to illustrate Becker's work in the book "Progressive Printmakers - Wisconsin Artists and the Print Renaissance", page 158.

On page 150 Colescott quotes Becker regarding the responses to the content of his imagery: "Descriptions I have heard or read of the work, most of which either delight or offend me, are: allegorical, apocalyptic, provocative, prophetic, dream-like, surreal, fantastic, weird, frightening, disturbing, demanding, despairing, disgusting, irrelevant, inspiring, old, new-old, fascinating, morbid, medieval, bizarre, cathartic, mystery-plays (I like that), and well-drawn."

Regarding the interpretations of his images, he states on page 148: "I never worried about that part; the narrative would take care of itself. I was told as a student 'If you want to tell a story, write a book'..."

To purchase this work, see other works, or read a biography for David H. Becker use this link to our website: https://www.annexgalleries.com/inventory/artist/2963/Becker/David.

 

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