Spanish Art History In a Nutshell
This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil "Chillida" and with his monogram at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil "10/65" at the lower left margin. There were also 35 impressions printed on Japan paper and a small number of artist’s proofs.
This is the 6th plate from portfolio "Europäische Graphik VI (sculptors' graphic)". Published by Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer in cooperation with publisher Felix H. Man, Munich 1969 (with their blindstamp KH).
The lithograph was printed by Erker Presse, Saint Gallen.
The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark in the upper margin.
This work reflects Chillida's concern of form, space and framing. In both his sculpture and graphic works the tension between volume and empty spaces can be clearly felt. In this work the dialogue between both black and white, emptiness and fullness is strong and clear.
1.Martin van Der Koelen, M. (1996). Eduardo Chillida. Catalogue Raisonné of the Original Prints. Mainz: Chorus-Verlag.
Van der Koelen 68007
Condition: In very good condition. Pale foxing at the extreme sheet edges.
One of Spain’s most celebrated sculptors, Eduardo Chillida achieved international recognition with works exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958. Chillida forged monumental abstract forms in iron and granite, often for public spaces, as well as producing a body of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. His sculptures are distinguished by their geometric and curvilinear forms, as well as their combined qualities of movement and tension. Chillida is known to have had a craftsman’s intimacy with his material, often playing a hands-on role in the production of his works; with a team of blacksmiths, the artist would usually coat his metal with an alloy to create rust as it oxidized. Chillida, who expressed an affinity with the philosopher Martin Heidegger’s interest in humanity’s relationship to space, once said, “My whole work is a journey of discovery in space.”
Spanish, 1924-2002, San Sebastian, Spain