Carlo Maria Mariani born 1931
P77029 Offspring of Helios1982
Lithograph 622 x 870 (24 1/2 x 34 1/4) on wove paper 705 x 1001 (27 3/4 x 39 3/8); printed and published by Carini, Florence in an edition of 90
Inscribed ‘Carlo Maria Mariani 82' below image b.r., ‘Eliadi' below image bottom centre and ‘67/90' below image b.l.
Purchased from Nigel Greenwood Inc. (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Lit: Danny Berger, ‘Carlo Maria Mariani in his Studio in Rome: An Interview', Print Collector's Newsletter, vol. 15, July-Aug. 1984, pp.84-86.
This entry is based on a conversation between the compiler and the artist at the Tate Gallery on 3 March 1988.
P77029 depicts the sisters of Phaethon whom Apollo turned into poplar trees when he tired of their grief over their brother's death. The image explores the moment of this transformation. The artist was fascinated by the subject of metamorphosis and has stated ‘All of us are subject to metamorphosis. Maybe we do not become trees, but we are constantly changing. We change humor, ideas, concepts. Our lives are a continuous metamorphosis' (Berger 1984, p.86). The same theme was the subject of a slightly earlier lithograph, ‘Heliades I' 1982 (repr. Berger 1984, p.86) and was explored in the painting ‘Eliadi' 1981-2 (repr…