Leonard Baskin

Portrait of Peter Breughel (9/50), c.1960
Original etching, black and white, signed in pencil
17.50 x 17.50 in
SKU: 11156c
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The present artwork is an original etching by American artist Leonard Baskin. Here, he presents a portrait of the Flemish Renaissance artist Peter Breughel the Elder in profile, executed after the engraving by Johannes Wierix published in 1572 by Volcxken Diericx and Hieronymus Cock. In the portrait, Baskin displays a love of line and texture, using the etching technique to exaggerate and draw attention to the wrinkles of the face, while leaving the hair and clothing like a study or sketch. Like in the work of contemporary artist Claude Weisbuch, the result for Baskin is an image that recalls the old masters and displays the mastery of contemporary printmakers, but that also places mid-century formal concerns at the forefront of portraiture and figuration. etching in black in on Rives paper 17.5 x 17.5 inches, plate 29.75 x 22 inches, sheet 33.5 x 25.88 inches, frame Entitled "Breughel" in pencil, lower left Edition 9/50 in pencil, lower center Signed in pencil, lower right "PB" in the plate, upper left "PB" in the plate, upper right (faint) Label for Irving Galleries, Milwaukee on reverse Label for David Barnett Gallery on reverse Framed behind glass in a distressed cassetta-style moulding Artwork in overall good condition; general toning to the paper; some scattered foxing; frame in good condition with some losses to finished surface revealing white ground