Sandro Chia

Running Boy with Strange Fingers


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Sandro Chia born 1946
Etching and aquatint on paper
Image: 650 × 400 mm
Purchased 1982

Catalogue entry

P07637 Running Boy with Strange Fingers 1981

Etching and aquatint 25 1/2 × 19 1/4 (650 × 490) on paper 39 1/4×27 1/2 (993 × 700), printed by the artist (proof before the edition)
Inscribed ‘Sandro Chia 1981’ b.r. and ‘prova d'artista’
Purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Repr: An Exhibition and Sale. Sandro Chia Prints 1973–1984, exhibition catalogue, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September–October 1984, p.40 (editioned example)

This is a trial proof printed in sepia by Chia in his studio outside Rome prior to the publication in 1982 of the edition of 40 by Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich. The edition was printed in black by Studio Santa Reparta, Florence. In addition there were five artist's proofs and one ‘bon à tirer’. The print is almost a mirror image of the painting entitled ‘Fingers Crossed’ 1981 (private collection, Washington, D.C.). In its proof stages the print has also been known as ‘Man Running’ and ‘Back and Ground’. According to Chia this work and P07638 ‘are different responses towards the cruelty that sometimes occurs within the world of art’ (written answers). It is to some extent autobiographical.

This entry has been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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