Frank Stella, A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984
|Artist:||Frank Stella (1936 - )|
|Title:||Illustrations after El Lissitzsky’s Had Gadya Series: A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984|
|Series:||Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984|
|Medium:||Color Lithograph, Linoleum Cut, and Screen Print with Hand-Coloring and Collage on Thick Paper.|
|Image:||45 1/4 in x 53 1/4 in (115 cm x 135.5 cm)|
|Sheet:||45 1/4 in x 53 1/4 in (115 cm x 135.5 cm)|
|Framed:||49 1/8 in x 57 1/4 in (124.8 cm x 145.4 cm)|
|Edition:||This work is numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left of the image.|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower left of the image.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition.|
Frank Stella, Had Gadya, A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984, Inspired after seeing an exhibition in 1919 by the Russian avant-garde artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941) who had created a series of gouaches illustrating the traditional Jewish Passover song, Had Gadya (The Only Kid), Stella created his own, one of which you see before you. In this series, he combines the narrative qualities also seen in his Moby Dick series with his iconography from Cones and Pillars. The resulting colorful abstraction combined with Jewish mythology places Stella in dialogue not only to Lisstizky but also with Chagall.
Created in 1984, Frank Stella, Had Gadya, A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984 is color lithograph, linoleum cut, and screen print with hand-coloring and collage on thick paper is hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower left of the image. Stella A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984 is numbered from the edition of 60 in the lower left of the image.
Frank Stella Had Gadya Series:
American artist Frank Stella is renowned for his significant contributions to the minimalist and abstract expressionist art movements. While he is primarily associated with his minimalist works, Stella has explored various styles and themes throughout his career and artistic journey. One notable series by Frank Stella is the "Gadya" series, which he created in the late 1980s.
Consisting of a group of prints and sculptures, the “Gadya” series draws inspiration from the traditional Jewish Passover song called "Had Gadya," which recounts a fable-like story. Stella's interest in this song and its narrative structure led him to create a body of work that combines abstraction, color, and intricate compositions.
The "Gadya" series marked a departure from Stella's earlier minimalist approach, characterized by simple geometric shapes and monochromatic color palettes. In this series, Stella introduced more organic and curvilinear forms, vibrant colors, and complex layering techniques. The works display a dynamic energy, filled with movement and intricate interplay between shapes and colors.
One prominent aspect of the "Gadya" series is Stella's innovative use of collage and mixed media. He employed various materials such as handmade paper, relief, and metallic paints to create a tactile and textured surface. Stella's exploration of different materials adds depth and dimension to his works, enhancing the overall visual experience.
Each piece in the "Gadya" series showcases Stella's mastery of composition and his ability to create visually captivating arrangements. The works are composed of overlapping shapes, lines, and forms, creating a sense of depth and spatial complexity. Stella's use of bold colors and contrasting hues adds to the visual impact, evoking a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
While the series retains elements of abstraction, it also incorporates figurative and narrative elements. Stella's works reference the characters and themes from the Passover song, though the narratives are fragmented and open to interpretation. The series reflects Stella's interest in exploring the relationship between abstraction and storytelling, bridging the gap between the conceptual and the representational.
Stella's "Gadya" series received critical acclaim and further established his reputation as a versatile and innovative artist. The works were exhibited in various galleries and museums around the world, garnering attention for their vibrant compositions and fusion of abstraction and narrative elements.
This series stands as a testament to Frank Stella's artistic evolution and his ability to push boundaries within his practice. It showcases his willingness to experiment with new techniques, materials, and concepts while remaining true to his artistic vision. The series represents a departure from Stella's minimalist beginnings and demonstrates his ongoing exploration of form, color, and storytelling.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Frank Stella A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).
1.Stella, Frank Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya 1982-1984. London: Waddington Graphics, 1985. Frank Stella, Had Gadya, A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984 is listed and illustrated as plate no.2.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will Accompany our Frank Stella, Had Gadya, A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella A Hungry Cat Ate Up the Goat, 1984 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.