Looking Back Wandering Star (Terugziende Dwaalster) (Steen IV) - VICTOR DELHEZ
Medium: wood engraving
Wood engraving, 1944-45, Breda catalogue 613, edition unknown. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil and inscribed "épreuve d'artiste. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This is one of Delhez's most respected and memorable prints. As with the other works from his celebrated Steen (Piedra) series, a two dimensional medium, wood engraving, is used to convey a sculptural, three dimensional image in an imaginary landscape. The Breda catalogue raisonné does not provide any details regarding the meaning of this print. So often, the iconography of his work is obscure, complex and sometimes quite humorous. His prints often defy explanation in a surrealist kind of way and that may be the case here. This print is illustrated in Eugene Rouir's classic survey on modern Belgian printmaking, 150 Ans de Gravure en Belge (1980).
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