FRANK STELLA "EMPRESS OF INDIA II", LITHOGRAPH, 1968
Frank Stella began printmaking in 1967. "Empress of India II", one of his largest and most iconic early prints created in 1968.
The "V Series" works, created with metallic inks, are significantly different from the other prints of this era as the compositions are centered on the sheet, instead of Stella's preferred 'justified left' approach. (Click here to see an example)
Stella worked with the legendary Gemini G.E.L. (one of the top American printing studios) on the "V Series" works. The compositions were based on a then-recent body of paintings entitled The Notched-V Series (1964-1965).
While Stella often emphasized that his titles had little significance in relation to the works, 'Empress of India' was the name of a famous clipper ship from the late 19th century. There is something vaguely nautical about the overall horizontal shape of the work that perhaps recalls the profile of an impressive ship.
The work can be found in many important museum collections around the world including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Australia and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) to mention a few.
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"Empress of India II"
Signed, numbered and dated 1968 by the artist
From an edition of 100
Lithograph with varnish on Lowell paper
16.25"H 35.5"W (work)
25"H 44"W (framed)
Frame has wear
Very good condition.
Literature: Richard Axsom and Leah Kolb (2016), The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné 1967-1982, Axsom, pg. 83 .
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