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Les Hain-teny

Accession Number
2002/2.83.1

Title
Les Hain-teny

Artist(s)
André Masson

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1956

Medium & Support
etching and aquatint on paper

Dimensions
17 5/16 in x 13 1/8 in (43.97 cm x 33.34 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Herbert Barrows


Subject matter
This print was commissioned from Masson by Jean Paulhan, who was compiling a translation of work of eight poems called Les Hain-Teny from Madagascar.  The original authors of the African poems are unknown.  Masson created ten full page prints and eight smaller illustrations for the book.  Masson used the commission as a project to experiment with aquatint and etching techniques.  He was particularly interested in the variety and range of pigments he could achieve using a single plate.  The results are demonstrated well in this print which involves a living interweaving of several bright colors.

Physical Description
This abstract print has a big Rohrshach-test-like blob in the center of pinkish color with a clear halo around it and black scribbly lines around that.  

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
abstraction
collaboration
experimentation
poetry

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