for the VVV Portfolio

VVV Portfolio: Phantom of the Past

(Swiss, 1900–1962)
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.)
© Orange County Citizens Foundation / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Mason 116
State: III/III
Edition: c. 30 (the intended edition was 50)
Location: not on view
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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.
VVV Portfolio:  Phantom of the Past

VVV Portfolio: Phantom of the Past


Kurt Seligmann

(Swiss, 1900–1962)

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