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  • Provenance

    Piero Crommelynck Collection, Paris
    (inkstamp on reverse)

  • Catalogue Essay

    These images are based on pastel drawings the artist made in 1953.

    His thoughts on 5/22/62 about this series:

    j'emporte l'album noir Nivola II qui contient 50 pages de sténogrammes, de dessins et signes récoltés et graphisés là, en quelques heures, mais venus de toute ma vie (par photos, autres stenogrammes, calepins, sketch-books, etc...) = une vie exprimé par des signes

    l'unité de suite d'une vie

    Mon intention était donc, à terminaison, de montrer cette unité et d'en donner la richesse, par un texte, parfaitement indépendant des images, texte le plus libre, le plus actif, le plus réaliste = des réalitiés

    I take the black album Nivola II which contains 50 pages of stenograms, drawings and signs harvested and graphise it, in a few hours, but come from all my life (by photos, other stenograms, notebooks, sketch-books, etc...) A life espressed by signs

    The unit of a lifetime

    My intention was therefore, at the end, to show this unity and to give its richness, by a text, perfectly independent of images, the freest, most active, most realistic text of = realities

135

Unité: plate 3

1963
Etching and aquatint in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 12 3/8 x 16 1/2 in. (31.3 x 41.8 cm)
S. 17 7/8 x 22 3/8 in. (45.4 x 56.9 cm)

Signed, dated 'le 18 may 1965', and annotated 'Bon à tirer' in pencil (the good-to-print proof impression, before the edition of 130 in Arabic numerals and 30 in Roman numerals), printed and published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris, framed.

Estimate
$2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $6,000

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

New York Auction 18 April 2017