Jim Dine, ‘Two Figures Linked by Pre-Verbal Feelings’, 1976, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is a very uncommon and poignant Jim Dine etching from the mid 1970s - published in a low edition of only 30. It also has hand coloring with red watercolor - making each work unique. It features two dark figures, linked by a contrasting bright red heart. The title speaks for itself. Rarely to market, an unusual work, but still featuring the artist's recognizable heart motif. This work makes a terrific gift.
Publisher: Pyramid Arts
Printer: Julio Juristo
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Jim Dine, Prints: 1970-1977, Williamstown: Williams College; Harper & Row, 1977, 1st ed, illustrated p 113, #208
Unframed in fine condition.

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Signature: Signed with edition (7/30) and date in pencil lower left recto (front)

Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Jim Dine, Prints: 1970-1977, Williamstown: Williams College; Harper & Row, 1977, 1st ed, illustrated p 113, #208

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