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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M24093
People
Robert Blackburn, American (Summit, NJ 1920 - 2003)
Title
Metaphor
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1963
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Lithograph and screen print in colors printed on white wove paper
Technique
Lithograph and screen print
Dimensions
design: 60.3 x 47.2 cm (23 3/4 x 18 9/16 in.)
sheet: 75.9 x 56.3 cm (29 7/8 x 22 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: signed and dated
  • inscription: lower margin below design, graphite, handwritten, in artist's hand: "Metaphor" Ed. 4
  • inscription: l.r: Blackburn '63
Provenance
[G. W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, New York], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, February 9, 1999.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
Used with Permission. © The Estate of Robert Blackburn
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
M24093
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Commentary
Blackburn owned and ran the longest-running print workshop in this country, founding it as a direct successor to Atleier 17 after the departure of Hayter, yet focusing on lithographic rather than intaglio printing. He was the first printing for Tanaya Grossman and ULAE when that revolutionary show was founded in 1957. Study in Paris confirmed his personal style in the School of Paris abstract idiom, and exposure to the various stylistic developments of the New York School generations. This is a typical example of his work, in its calm, scale, and strength and it will be a marker for his career as a printer as well as a handsome image in its own right. He was trained in Harlem in the last years of the Harlem Renaissance.

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