A large lithograph printed on hand made wove paper. Signed in pencil by the artists and an ‘AP, Artist Proof number 11 or 2. The sheet has some light old crease marks in margins and a very faint damp stain to the lower left corner, see image with the ‘Artist Proof”; otherwise in good condition. Made in 1983 and formed part of Expedition to the Holyland portfolio.
Image Size: 507 x 820mm (23.5 x 32.25 inches)
Sheet Size 750 x 1050 mm (29.5 x 41.5 inches)
A.R. Penck produced the print portfolio Expedition to the Holyland in response to a visit he made to Israel and its occupied territories in early 1983. The project was the brainchild of prominent publisher and collector Joshua Gessel, who invited Penck to portray some of his experiences and impressions of the Holy Land. Penck explored a number of distinct themes and subjects in the portfolio’s fifteen plates, choosing techniques he considered best suited for each of the particular themes presented. For example, he used color lithography for his interpretations of the region’s landscape and geological formations, while documenting certain sculptures he saw during his travels in black-and-white lithography. Penck explored Israel’s turbulent political situation as color screenprints and relied on monochromatic drypoint and aquatint techniques for his abstracted figurative compositions and symbolic narratives that feature various pictographic imagery.
The complete set was a collection of 15 aquatints, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints in colors, on Arches, title, text and justification, each signed and numbered in pencil, in an edition of 50 (the total edition was 84), with full margins. Loose, as issued, in a blue cloth-covered portfolio box . Size 31¾ x 43¼ in. (807 x 1099 mm.)