Anunciación by Mauricio Lasansky

Anunciación by Mauricio Lasansky

Anunciación

Mauricio Lasansky

Title

Anunciación

 
Artist
Year
1938  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
21 7/16 x 20 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
2 of 4  
Annotations
titled, lower left 
Reference
Lasansky 41; Zigrosser 38 
Paper
thick antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23075 
Price
$6,000.00 
Description

This early, rare, large drypoint, printed from a zinc plate, was done when the artist was twenty-four and shows his familiarity with the work of the Surrealists and Picasso, and the imagery done in Polynesia, especially Bali, the “primitive” nature of which also interested the Surrealists.

This image, titled "Anunciacion", which tranaslates as "announcement", depicts a woman standing in a field gesturing to a young man astride a horse, as birds rise around her from the grasses. What is she announcing? Or is he proposing? We can only speculate. In the background is a hillside village, with residents working their everyday jobs.

Lasansky created a 1/2" border, a "frame," around the composition and within the platemark. This frame is interrupted a number of times: by the tail of a cow, the load of a cart, the hill, mill, and wheelbarrow. This creates the illusion of infinity, that the landscape, and life, goes on and on, and the viewer is just allowed a peek into a moment.

The raisonne lists the edition at 10, though this impression, which has had restoration, indicates an edition of 4. There was not an impression available to Lasansky to measure for the raisonne. This may be the only surviving impression of this powerful composition.

 

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