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Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1983.219.3
© Jasper Johns and ULAE/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Published by Universal Limited Art Editions
Catalogue raisonné: Field 193; ULAE 193
The image of a Savarin coffee can filled with paintbrushes is one Jasper Johns has used in numerous prints and drawings, but his first piece depicting this subject was a painted bronze sculpture cast in 1960 that reproduced the actual can and brushes he was using at the time in his studio. Since then, he has incorporated the image in numerous prints and drawings, and it acts as a kind of surrogate self-portrait of the artist. It also reflects the theme of the artist in his studio, an important subject for 20th-century artists from Pablo Picasso to Roy Lichtenstein.
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