Apollo & Daphne by Martin Barooshian

Apollo & Daphne by Martin Barooshian

Apollo & Daphne

Martin Barooshian

Title

Apollo & Daphne

 
Artist

Martin Barooshian

  1929 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1956  
Technique
color etching, engraving, aquatint, and soft-ground etching 
Image Size
10 1/8 x 13 5/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
5/15 (total regular edition 18) 
Annotations
pencil editioned as 5/15 (catalogue notes 18); noted "color engraving" on verso 
Reference
Russo 118 
Paper
BFK Rives 
State
iii/iii 
Publisher
artist and Atelier 17 
Inventory ID
MAB109 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

In 1956, Martin Barooshian was in Paris and studied printmaking at Atelier 17 with S.W. Hayter. His early work was influenced by the Surrealists, Gauguin, William Blake and Gorky and the Atelier's experimental, gestural approach to printmaking fit in with his personal abstracted explorations.

"Apollo & Daphne" was done at Atelier 17 using a combination of color engraving, aquatint, and soft-ground etching. This time resulted in his turning more to intaglio printing. Barooshian had to leave Paris before he could complete the edition; after printing about 20 various proofs in three states and after printing the bon a tirer he had to leave Paris and handed the finalization of the edition to fellow Atelier 17 printmaker and friend Kaiko Moti (East Indian/French: 1921 - 1989).

Barooshian's cataloger, Michael J. Russo comments on page 29 of "Martin Barooshian: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints 1948-1970":

"Barooshian advanced and adapted what he learned to suit his own abstract surrealist interest, innovating for more precision and complexity. He further incorporated aquatint and softground along with deep-bite etching in works like "Apollo and Daphne" to create his own unique printmaking advances...