(Russian Villagers) by Boris Margo

(Russian Villagers) by Boris Margo

(Russian Villagers)

Boris Margo

Title

(Russian Villagers)

 
Artist

Boris Margo

  1902 - 1995 (biography)
Year
c. 1932  
Technique
cellocut 
Image Size
6 1/2 x 5 1/16" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right " B Margolies" 
Edition Size
proof, edition not noted 
Annotations
newspaper ad offest printed on verso 
Reference
not in G&S 
Paper
cream wove 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
5855 
Price
$425.00 
Description

An early example of cellocut, which Boris Margo (this image signed with his original family name, Margolies) began experimenting with in the early 1930s. It may have been included in his portfolio "Portfolio of Early Cellocuts" that featured cellocuts done between 1932 and 1940.

Groups of Russian villagers gather at night to read by candlelight, perhaps an edict, a religious ceremony? The church/synagogue looms at the top of the hill. The whole scene is lit by a full moon and a single evening star (Venus?).

The composition is scratched into the surface of the melted celluloid and printed relief so the white lines create the image. The technique involved dissolving sheet celluloid in acetone to create a viscous liquid that Margo would pour onto a smooth surface like Masonite, wood, or metal in order to create a raised surface. The thicker the solution, the heavier the surface would become. Once the celluloid solidified, Margo could alter the surface with standard etching and woodcut tools or use acetone to break down areas of the hardened celluloid.

At some point Margolies shortened his name to Margo.

 
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