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Claes Oldenburg
Figure in Skirt Claes Oldenburg playful erotic nude etching in rainbow of color

1976

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Image 19.6 x 23.5 in / 50 x 60 cm Paper 27.125 x 36 in./ 69 x 91.4 cm Etching in one color on white, thick, slightly textured Wookey Hole handmade paper watermarked with artist’s signature. Signed by the artist and dated 1975 lower right in pencil. The edition of 60 includes ten prints in each of six different ink colors: Indigo blue, vermilion, mauve, burnt sienna, astral blue, and yellow-ochre. A copy of each color is available: this listing is for one copy in the color of your choice. A woman in slip-on heels leans languidly on a cloud-like phallus defined with loose, sketched lines. Gazing dreamily past the viewer, the topless woman dons a diaphanous tutu, and atop her wild hair, a wide hat is adorned with flowers. As recorded in the artist’s unpublished notes: “In 1974 an ambitious project for a suite of large-scale etchings was hatched with Paul Cornwall-Jones, for production by Maurice Payne in Petersburg Press’s new Pembroke studios in London. The project would consist of meticulous transcriptions of a certain group of drawings on sexual themes done in the mid-sixties, most of which had never been exhibited. These were supplemented by a number of works in the same vein transcribed from other drawings of the late sixties and early seventies, as well as new drawings invented on the plate.” With complete confidence, the artist freely sketched sexually-charged scenes, infusing them with characteristic humor and charm. Using only crosshatching and line work to define vampy, lithe nymphs and outsized, disembodied members, Oldenburg neatly replicates the look of ballpoint pen in vibrant color. The edition of 60 includes ten prints in each of six different ink colors: Indigo blue, vermilion, mauve, burnt sienna, astral blue, and yellow-ochre. This print is not previously owned and has been stored in the archives of the original publisher since its publication. Catalogue reference: Richard Axsom and David Platzker, Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg A Catalogue Raisonné 1958-1996 Hudson Hills Press in association with Madison Art Center Wisconsin, New York 1997, no 121, illustrated p. 252

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