Jean (Hans) Arp

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Jean (Hans) Arp, 1887-1966

Maternité. Motherhood.

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Original etching printed from a relief plate in black ink. c.1950/61. Signed in pencil. A unique proof on special paper; there was a proposed edition of 100 which was never printed. Intended for inclusion in the series: Les Rois Mages - The Magi Kings, to be issued by Pierre Argillet, Paris 1961. Very rare. (Not known to Arntz when he compiled his catalogue of Arp graphic works in 1980.) This exceptionally beautiful work was printed from a deep-bitten copper plate using a cut-metal relief as a 'die' for the forms. The composition dates from c.1948/50; this proof etching was printed in 1960/61.

Superb impression in black on special handmade blue-grey tinted laid paper. Excellent condition. Full sheet as printed. Sheet: 388x288mm. Plate: 342x253mm. 13 1/2 x 10ins.

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