Moonrise - from "The Book of Hours" by Jay Pfeil

Moonrise - from The Book of Hours by Jay Pfeil

Moonrise - from "The Book of Hours"

Jay Pfeil

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Moonrise - from "The Book of Hours"

etching and aquatint in dark blue ink 
Image Size
15 x 11 1/4" image and paper size 
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
30 of 50  
pencil titled and editioned 
Arches Cover wove 
Fort Mason Printmakers, SF, "The Book of Hours", 1978 
Inventory ID

From the Fort Mason Printmakers portfolio of 1978. Compiled by artist Eleanor Rappe, the portfolio was published in a loose-leaf collection of 21 full-sheet intaglios of varying techniques. The preface explains the theme of the portfolio as such: "In the middle ages devotional Books of Hours based in the monastic daily prayer cycle were compiled for both clergymen and laymen. The contents and illustrations varied greatly from book to book as there was a separate set of offices for each hour of the all the feast days of the years. The late middle ages saw the illustrations for the books become an end in themselves.

"In this folio we have used the concept of the hours of the day as a framework. Each artist has chosen an hour of special significance and interpreted that hour within the contaext of his or her personal imgery. While these prints do not have a religious meaning in the traditional sense of the word they do become a devotional in each artist's commitment to this contemporary translation of a medieval format."

Text engraved in the plate in lower margin: "...Then on the darkest night, the maidens take their spindles down to the sea, to wash their wool. And the wool slips from the spindles into the waterl, and unravels in long ripples of light from the shore to the horizon, and there is the moon again, rising above the sea..." - from 'The Moonspinners' by Mary Stewart'

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