Frank Stella became a printmaker in 1967 - "Delphine and Hippolyte" comes from his crucial debut year. 

Working at Gemini G.E.L. (one of the top American printing studios) Stella learned from his two previous groups of prints: "Star of Persia" and "Black Series I". 

The graphics from "Black Series II" were mostly diamond pattern variations with, as described in his catalogue raisonne, had "aggressive optical qualities".

To intensify the impact of the compositions Stella became more conscious of paper and ink choices. 

The lithographs from "Black Series II" were realized on bright white paper which created a strong contrast with the "sooty richness of French Charbonnel black ink" 

The compositions of these prints directly related to Stella's most revolutionary "Black" paintings executed in 1959-1960.

For more information about Stella's techniques, click here for the Tate's commentary on this body of work.

"Delphine and Hippolyte" can be found in many museum collections including the Tate (London)

Additional images available on request. 

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Signed, numbered 30/100 and dated 1967 by the artist 


15"H 22"W 

Framed in original lucite box

Very good condition.

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