Visitation While Herod Searches by David Driesbach

Visitation While Herod Searches by David Driesbach

Visitation While Herod Searches

David Driesbach

Title

Visitation While Herod Searches

 
Artist

David Driesbach

  1922 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1957  
Technique
mixed technique intaglio with etching, aquatint and softground 
Image Size
17 3/4 x 23 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
27 of 30  
Annotations
pencil titled lower left; "impr" after signature; dated. 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy, toothy buff wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
DD124 
Price
$600.00 
Description

David Driesbach studied printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky at Iowa between 1948 and 1951, getting both his BFA and his MFA there. He also spent two stints at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17, once after he was discharged from the marines in 1945, and once in Paris, in 1969.

Driesbach almost always included a self portrait in his compositions, usually in a stove-pipe hat, often with self deprecating humor, always the observer of the human condition.

Driesbach commented on his imagery: "My work is autobiographical. It is about my present and my past - awake and in dreams. My compulsion is to relive events, whether they be mundane, hilarious, frightening, curious, or beautifully fascinating. These images I view as happenings, plays, or stories with unique settings, times and plots.

In the etching "Visitation..." Driesbach combines a surreal landscape and various intaglio techniques to create a dream-like fantasy composition based on an imaginary visitation to King Herod's home while Herod is off searching for Jesus Christ, the artist, holding a lit candle, confronts chaos and destruction filled with symbolic images, such as the mother and child in the large egg-shaped structure.

For more information on the artist, please see our biography, above.