Jean (Hans) Arp, 1887-1966

Palette de Nuages - Cloud Palette. Blue. 1950.

1950

Original woodcut in black - very rare possibly unique proof impression with the block printed in delicate pale-blue to show the  texturing on the surface and with the background un-coloured.  1950. Signed in pencil. A very few such proof impressions were printed, with the painted background, before the edition- see below.
Note: This sculptural composition in woodcut was cut by Arp to be used for the poster for his important just post-war exhibition at the Galerie Maeght, Paris ‘Oeuvres Recentes de Jean Arp’, November 1950. The proofs, in probably unique variant colour inkings, as here, or in a very few cases with watercolour background, were hand-printed direct from the block. The poster edition, with the added overprint lettering, the image was transferred to a lithograph plate.
Ref: Arntz - Das Graphische Werk no 135.

Excellent proof impression with beautiful delicate printing in colour. On pale cream wove paper. Full sheet size: 494 x 432mm. Block size: 457 x 358mm.

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