December Irises by Patricia Tobacco Forrester

December Irises by Patricia Tobacco Forrester

December Irises

Patricia Tobacco Forrester

Title

December Irises

 
Artist
Year
c. 1979  
Technique
intaglio, colored a la poupée 
Image Size
25 3/4 x 17 5/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
publisher's proof 
Annotations
titled in pencil, inscribed: a la poupee / publisher's proof 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white Rives BFK watermarked paper 
State
proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
PAMI128 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

In this glowing intaglio print, Patricia Tobacco Forrester applies ink a la poupee, which translates from the French as “with the doll,” referring to the ball-shaped bundle of fabric used to apply the color to a single plate before printing. This is a delicate process and the desired outcome is one of tonal, layered hues, like a watercolor. Forrester accomplishes this effect deftly in her portrayal of purple irises growing out of a lush winter thicket.