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A l'aveuglette'/ Blindly

A l'aveuglette'/ Blindly
185 x 285 cm
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Crayon etching in three parts glued together on canvas
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To realize this monumental print, Alechinsky used an ancient Italian process which was taught to him in 1962 by Renato Volpini. The drawing is made with a brush soaked in lavender essence on copper, covered with a light layer of bitumen-based varnish. The essence of lavender reacts with the copper and immediately reveals the design. This technique allows for multiple additions and deletions. The abstract background comes from a random sprinkling of lavender essence that causes a multitude of splatters. Given the size of the work, the artist worked on three brass joints of 185x95 cm each, placed on the floor of the workshop and then finally united as one piece. Dazzled by the reflection of the electric lamps on the copper, he could hardly distinguish the course of his brush, which inspired the title: À l'aveuglette (Blindly). This etching was realized by Alechinsky in Rome, in the studio of Valter Rossi in 1973-74

Venduehuis The Hague

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Signed lower left in red, numbered 24/40