Flower QueenArtist(s)Louise NevelsonArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1953-1955Medium & Supportetching and soft-ground etching with aquatint on paperDimensions
30 3/16 in x 22 1/16 in (76.68 cm x 56.04 cm);32 ⅛ in x 26 ⅛ in (81.6 cm x 66.36 cm)Credit LineGift of the Marvin Felheim CollectionLabel copy
Nevelson’s prints executed at Atelier 17 from 1953 to 1955 reveal her familiarity with Surrealist ideas such as the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious. Many of her images of ancestral goddesses, show the influence of her studies of Pre-Columbian art on archeological trips to Mexico; the present print, also known as Ancient Figure, is an example.
By stopping out areas with varnish, Nevelson created a white-on-black effect, which enhances the startling quality of this imposing image. Pieces of lace placed against the soft ground before acid bit the plate left collage-like, decorative imprints. While Nevelson etched the plate for the present print, the Museum’s impression was pulled later by a professional printer in the mid-1960s.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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modern and contemporary art