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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
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Repose [1]*
Catalogue Entry # 98
(Click for explanation of titles and Catalogue Entry #s) (a)


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Date: 1965

Medium: Lithograph printed in colors****

Edition: 30**

Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 13 1/4 in..

Printer: Atelier Desjobert, Paris***

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: Just below the image: numbered and titled (l.l.); signed and dated (l.r.)

Public collections holding this print: Currently unknown (CU)

Topic galleries for this print:
1. Color prints
2. Nudes
3. Prints with a French Connection

Notes

*Title: Because two prints in the catalogue bear the title "Repose," we have designated them "Repose [1]" and "Repose [2]," where the numbers in square brackets have been assigned, for purposes of clarification, by us not the artist.

**Edition: Fiene created a separate edition of Repose printed in alternate colors.

Note: In earlier stages of his printmaking career, Fiene created small editions of first state prints (e.g. Brooklyn Bridge) that this catalogue raisonné does not recognize separately by giving them entry numbers of their own. However, the catalogue raisonné does give separate entry numbers to the independently editioned color variations created in Paris in 1965, because no record exists of the artist designating these color variant editions as differing "states" of the same work.

**Impressions outside the edition: Trial and artist proofs, probably 5 of each

Paper: Observed impressions from the edition are on wove paper.

***Printer: When Fiene made prints in Paris in 1928-29, his printer was Edmond Desjobert. Although Edmond died in 1963, his workshop continued to operate under the supervision of his son, Jacques Desjobert, and Fiene made eight editions there before he died in Paris on August 10, 1965. The editions Fiene created were shipped back to family and estate representatives in New York. To view these Paris editions, click here.

****Color: More than likely all of the prints Fiene made in Paris in 1965, were four color lithographs. On July 18, of that year, the artist wrote to his brother-in-law Harry Fleischman in New York as follows:

The printing bills are very high and the work much more difficult than I had foreseen. I am doing four color prints [i.e. lithographs incorporating four different colors], that means I draw four stones for each subject. It is done in touche [tusche], like watercolor, much hit or miss and when the etching [He is referring to the etching of the lithographic stone, not to the prints themselves being etchings] is done you never know what comes out. So far I have done two editions, not too bad, and I have three going -- (unpublished letter from the Fiene family files).
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