Ruthven Todd Album, An Alien World for Dolores Miró: five impressions

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  • Provenance

    Piero Crommelynck Collection, Paris
    (inkstamp on reverse)

  • Literature

    Jacques Dupin, Miró Engraver I, pp. 16-17
    Patrick Cramer books 14

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Perhaps commercial artists will free themselves from the inherent contradiction of their title and become sufficiently familiar with the elements of the printing process, on which the reproduction of their work depends, to be able to compose directly on those processes, instead of employing the ingenuity of photographers to break down their sketches and the industry of printers to put them together again. After all, this is no more than what is demanded of the "fine" artist working in the print medial for less reward" Stanley William Hayter, New Ways of Gravure, 1949, p. 275

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Ruthven Todd Album, An Alien World for Dolores Miró: five impressions

1947
Five works, including four etching and aquatints in colors (one with hand additions in white and black gouache), and a pochoir with hand-coloring in yellow and purple, on Rives BFK and wove paper, with full margins.
all I. approx. 9 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. (25 x 21 cm)
all S. various sizes: largest S. 22 3/4 x 15 5/8 in. (57.7 x 39.6 cm)

Annotated 'épreuve reprise par J.M (pour cliché) (test taken by J.M (for cliche), essai encrage couleur (color ink test), mauvaise, noir bavé (wrong, black ink has run), essai encrage couleur (color ink test) respectively by Piero Crommelynck in pencil, and the pochoir dated 'I 28/1/57' with directions by Miró in pencil (all unsigned unique working proofs without the text/poem), there were only 6-10 impressions printed with text, printed by the artist and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17, New York, all unframed.

Estimate
$4,000 - 6,000 

sold for $10,625

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Editions and Works on Paper Including Works from the Piero Crommelynck Collection

New York Auction 18 April 2017