Sep 25, 2007

VVV Portfolio: Phantom of the Past

for the VVV Portfolio

VVV Portfolio: Phantom of the Past


Kurt Seligmann

(Swiss, 1900–1962)

Etching and aquatint

Sheet: 44.1 x 34.3 cm (17 3/8 x 13 1/2 in.); Platemark: 35.2 x 29.5 cm (13 7/8 x 11 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.95

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 116

State: III/III

Edition: c. 30 (the intended edition was 50)



In 1929 Seligmann settled in Paris and began to associate with Surrealist artists like Yves Tanguy, André Masson, and Max Ernst, who also made prints from the same portfolio, published in New York to benefit the journal VVV. This menacing figure recalls the tradition of mythological creatures and heraldic imagery in medieval and Renaissance art in Switzerland.

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PR - Etching
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