Artist/Designer: Robert Kipniss
b. 1931, Brooklyn, New York
Title: Summer's Eve 1983/84
: Image: 7.25" h x 7.75" Paper: 11.25" x 13" Offered unframed. (Please contact us
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Details: Edition of 120 numbered prints and 15 artist proofs. This example numbered 6/120 on left under image and hand-signed Kipniss in pencil on right under image.
Notes from the Archive: Robert Kipniss has his own approach to creating a mezzotint print. As described in the book, Robert Kipniss Intaglios 1982-2004, a copper plate is prepared usually by a mechanical rocker creating hundreds of evenly placed rough points in the surface of the metal. Next different kinds of steel burnishers are used to polish the rough copper surface. Polishing lessens the amount of ink the plate will retain and allows the artist to achieve a wide and subtle range of tonal effects, hence the name mezzotint, meaning middle tones. To get pure white in an area, the surface must be polished mirror smooth so that no ink will be held on the plate. As he produces light areas, the artist's forms emerge from the darkness. Untouched areas will print a velvety black that is a very special characteristic of the mezzotint.
Kipniss’s images are of imagined landscapes and interiors with a universal quality: at once subtle and intense, stark yet moody, dreamlike and realistic. His prints evoke half conscious feelings of having personally experienced this exact moment in time.
Summer's Eve is the perfect example of Kipniss' mastery of the medium reflecting on those last minutes of light at the very end of a summer evening. A true printmaking masterpiece!
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