Jim Dine, ‘The Little Heart in the Landscape’, 1991, michael lisi / contemporary art

This remarkable etching, created by the artist in 1991, is hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil, measures 15 ¾ x 16 5/8 in. (40 x 42.2 cm), unframed and is from the edition of 100 + 25 AP. The print was from the artist’s personal collection and given as a gift to previous owner. It is annotated in the artist’s handwriting at bottom, Happy B Day, Claire. Love from Nancy and Me. June 29, 1994. An impression from this edition is in the permanent collection of MoMA (object number 134.1992).

About Jim Dine

Although often associated with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Jim Dine did not identify with a specific movement, producing a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, poetry, and performances. Emerging as a pioneer (together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman) of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s, Dine would carry the spontaneous energy of this movement throughout his style, which emphasized the exploration of everyday life. Personally significant objects were Dine’s primary motifs, as in his iconic series of hearts and robes. He championed a return to figuration after a period of more concept-dominated works, and is considered an important figure in Neo-Dada and a forerunner of Neo-Expressionism. “The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it’s charged with and how much subject matter is there,” he once said.

American, b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, Paris and Walla Walla, Washington