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RIP I

Linocut and woodcut with silkscreen printed in colours

1967

signed in pencil and numbered from edition of 35

on wove paper laid onto mountboard, outer edge very slightly discoloured.

61 x 74cm.

£650

Reference: Tessa Sidey, The Prints of Michael Rothenstein, Aldershot 1993, p.140 no.172a, repr. as ‘RIP’ p.134.

‘RIP’ shows a section of a tree trunk, printed in blue ink, split in two by a black drill. For the print, Rothenstein took an impression in blue ink directly from the surface of an elm wood trunk. The edge of the image is the edge of the actual tree trunk. In contrast, the other elements, all man-made, were printed by photomechanical methods reinforcing the idea of the difference between nature and artifice through the printing process itself.

The title of the work pinpoints Rothenstein’s intended meaning, which centres around the idea of the violence perpetrated by man-made industry and technology against the natural world.

The artist’s proof for the edition of ‘RIP I’ won the Gold Medal at the first International Engraving Biennial, Buenos Aires, in 1970.

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