Untitled - Shared Mask (from the portfolio "Santa Claus - A Morality", nine etchings to accompany e.e. cummings' play) by Alexander Calder

Untitled - Shared Mask (from the portfolio Santa Claus - A Morality, nine etchings to accompany e.e. cummings play) by Alexander Calder

Untitled - Shared Mask (from the portfolio "Santa Claus - A Morality", nine etchings to accompany e.e. cummings' play)

Alexander Calder

Title

Untitled - Shared Mask (from the portfolio "Santa Claus - A Morality", nine etchings to accompany e.e. cummings' play)

 
Artist

Alexander Calder

  1898 - 1976
Year
1974  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
18 3/4 x 13 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
147 of 175  
Annotations
pencil editioned, lower left 
Reference
Hogblen and Watson 154; V & A 154 
Paper
heavy cream Arches wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Editions de l'Herne, Paris 
Inventory ID
JPR109g 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description
The seventh plate from the suite of etchings created to accompany the text, in both English and French, from e.e. cummings' most successful one-act play, "Santa Claus" (1946). “The play is an allegory in which Death and Santa Claus exchange masks, but a child sees through the masks to the true identity of each. Death is equated with Science, which ‘can sell people anything -- except understanding.’ In the end, Santa Claus, who is a young man beneath his mask, reveals himself to the child and her mother” (from: Spring, A Journal of the e.e. cummings Society).