Michael RothensteinBlack and Orange 1961

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Michael Rothenstein (1908‑1993)
Black and Orange
Date 1961
MediumLinocut, woodcut and wood relief on paper
Dimensionsimage: 475 x 720 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1987
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Catalogue entry

P77205 Black and Orange 1961

Linocut, woodcut and wood relief 475 × 720 (18 5/8 × 28 3/8) on Japanese laid paper 628 × 930 (24 3/4 × 36 1/8); printed and published by the artist; artist's proof aside from the edition of 25 proofs in various colour variations
Inscribed ‘Michael Rothenstein’ below image b.r. and ‘Artists Proof’ below image b.l.
Purchased from Redfern Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Lit: Tessa Sidey, The Prints of Michael Rothenstein R.A., Aldershot 1993, p.128 no.135a. Also repr. Michael Rothenstein: Prints of the 1950s and '60s, Redfern Gallery 1987, no.20, repr.

In ‘Black and Orange’ the artist used seven colours: black, orange, brown, red, yellow, blue and beige. Green was also produced by the overlapping of blue and yellow. The beige ground was printed from inked linen to give the image a textured quality. Two elmwood boards inked with red were then used to further enhance this background texture. A strong horizontal line is created by the gap between the two boards. However, ‘Black and Orange’ is dominated by two emblematic forms produced by woodcut and linocut respectively, a green circle with a striking orange mark in its centre on the left, and on the right a bold vertical group of calligraphic marks… (read more)

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