FRANK STELLA "LES INDES V" LITHOGRAPH, 1973
The title of this series of Frank Stella lithographs, "Les Indes Galantes" references a French opera-ballet composed in the 17th century.
Like many of Stella's creations, the connection between the artwork and the title is ambiguous or even arbitrary.
Stella's titles are often simply a topic relevant to the artist at the time of creating the work...but that doesn't necessarily have any link to the artwork itself.
As for the formal qualities of the work, "Les Indes Galantes" revisits the compositions of Stella's paintings "Mitered Mazes" and "Concentric Squares" created between 1962 and 1963.
Like many of Stella's lithographs, the artist used a lithographic crayon to create the illusion that the works have been hand-sketched. This work exemplifies this technique as it contains both bright primary colors and several shades of gray.
"Les Indes Galantes V"
Signed, numbered and dated 1973 by the artist
From an edition of 100
Lithograph on J. Green mould-made paper
16"H 22"W (work)
Published by Petersburg Press Ltd., London
Very good condition.
Provenance: Bellette Hofmann Fine Art, New York
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