Jasper Johns, ‘The Dutch Wives’, 1977, michael lisi / contemporary art

Johns is of the generation of artists that led to a renaissance of printmaking in America and The Dutch Wives is a perfect example of the complexity and nuance of the artist’s best work. Created as a screenprint in 1977, it is signed by the artist in pencil, dated and numbered and measures
43 x 56 in (109.2 x 142.2 cm), unframed. From the edition of 70, The Dutch Wives is designated as ULAE 187 in the artist’s catalogue raisonne.

About Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns's ongoing stylistic and technical experimentation place him at the forefront of American art. His richly textured paintings of maps, flags, numbers, and targets laid the groundwork for Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

American, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, based in New York, New York