Metamorphose (Metamorphosis) by Shirley E. Witebsky

Metamorphose (Metamorphosis) by Shirley E. Witebsky

Metamorphose (Metamorphosis)

Shirley E. Witebsky

Title

Metamorphose (Metamorphosis)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1960  
Technique
mixed technique intaglio, printed in colors 
Image Size
14 1/16 x 17 11/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
72 of 75  
Annotations
pencil titled, lower center and upper right sheet edges; pencil editioned, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy cream Arches wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22805 
Price
$1,250.00 
Description

Around 1952 Shirley Witebsky left America for Paris, France to study with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 where she met fellow printmaker Krishna Reddy. They were later married and she and Krishna returned to the United States. Witebsky died just short of her forty-first birthday.

A definition of 'metamorphosis' is "a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means." Witibsky's color intaglio is a swirling mass of deeply etched lines and simultaneous printed color that are beginning to merge into a larger form. Is it growth, or decay? Natural or supernatural? The answers are left to the viewer.