Item #CL203-64 Chestnut Teal [Duck]. Murray Griffin, 1903–1992 Aust.
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Chestnut Teal [Duck]

c1969. Colour linocut, editioned 5/30, titled and signed in ink in lower margin, 34.5 x 45.7cm. Slight stains and paper and glue remnants to upper margin.

Image held in the National Gallery of Australia. Born in Melbourne, Vaughan Murray Griffin “studied drawing and painting at the National Gallery School, Melbourne from 1919 to 1922. He was influenced by the colour woodcuts of the Austrian artist Norbertine Bresslern-Roth (1891–1978) whose popular prints were frequently exhibited in the 1930s, including Australia. He experimented with linocutting as early as 1922, after learning to etch from Victor Cobb; his print ‘The Old Lodge – Banyule’ 1922 is amongst the earliest dated linocuts in Australia. Napier Waller and Griffin may have practised the technique together. However, it was not until 1932 that he began printmaking in earnest, rapidly expanding his technical skills, and establishing a solid reputation for his work. Griffin recognised that birds as a subject were commercially popular, and deliberately depicted them to encourage sales of his work. In 1933 his prints became larger. He was the only printmaker of the time to use the reduction process, a point he stressed in exhibition catalogues to emphasise the uniqueness of each edition as ‘high art’.” Ref: Art Gallery of NSW.

Item #CL203-64

Price (AUD): $3,300.00  other currencies

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