(The Tarot) by Fred Martin

(The Tarot) by Fred Martin

(The Tarot)

Fred Martin

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Title

(The Tarot)

 
Artist

Fred Martin

  1927 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1983  
Technique
mixed media drawing with linocut 
Image Size
42 3/4 x 30 5/8" image and paper size 
Signature
white pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
pencil dated "7-31-83" after signature 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white watercolor wove 
State
proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
24088 
Price
$1,900.00 
Description

This large work has a number of small, individual relief prints, linocuts printed in black. The whole work is hand colored by the artist, a monoprint.

Fred Martin was inspired to create images of the Tarot while teaching at Cal State San Jose, in the late 1970s. "A student had brought some Tarot things she had made using oil pastel on paper, with the information and imagery coming from Douglas' book on the Tarot. ...I was thinking my work had become the product of a stale subjectivity, and here was the opening into an abjective archetypal system, one I could explore as a way beyond the limitations of my ego and the tedium of its life." l- Fred Martin (from https://www.fredmartin.net/index.html)

To create the series, Martin first made slides of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the major arcana being the suit of 22 permanent trumps within the deck of 78 Tarot cards. He then projected and traced the imagery, improvising where the slides were overexposed. After producing the 22 drawings, Martin translated each of these images into linoleum blocks and eventually collaged the printed works onto sheets of heavy wove paper, drawn individually with imagery inspired by the Tarot exploration in watercolor and ink.

 

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