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Technique and condition
A portfolio of ten prints printed on Rives Couronne Paper (except for III on Richard de Bas paper) in pristine condition. The prints are mixed media technique of colour lithography, grano lithography, collotype and photochrome with collage and drawing by the artist. The portfolio is from an edition of 98 with 17 artist’s proofs and 1 printer’s proof has been printed at the Mattieu Studio in Zurich in the summer of 1974. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and embossed with the printer’s sign. The ten prints in each portfolio are marked with an embossed number from I-X.
P07578 [from] NATURAL HISTORY PART I (MUSHROOMS) 1974 [P07573-P07582; complete]
All inscribed ‘CT’ bottom right and ‘77/98’
Ten lithographs with collage, printed at Matthieu Studio, Zurich, published by Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, each 29 7/8×22 (75.8×55.8)
Purchased from Schellman & Klüser (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
This is one of two portfolios made in the mid 1970s, the other being ‘Natural History Part II (Some Trees of Italy)’ 1976. Twombly uses a quasi-scientific presentation with his characteristic expressive, gestural graphic language; the prints contain a variety of different lithographic printings with collaged sheets of paper and photographs.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984