Frank Stella, The Counterpane (From The Waves Series), 1989
|Artist:||Frank Stella (1936 - )|
|Title:||The Counterpane (From The Waves Series), 1989|
|Medium:||Color screen print, lithograph and linocut with hand-coloring, marbling and collage on T.H. Saunders and Somerset paper.|
|Image:||71 in x 51 in (180.5cm x 129.5cm)|
|Sheet:||71 in x 51 in (180.5cm x 129.5cm)|
|Framed:||82 in x 62 in (208.3 cm x 157.5 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left of the image.|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts,1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right of the image.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Frank Stella’s The Counterpane (From The Waves Series), 1989 is an emblem of Stella’s signature abstract style, this remarkable image recalls the post-painterly abstraction known to have influenced Stella with added elements that reflect collage and cut-out effects. Each screenprint from The Waves series shares a title with a chapter of Herman Melville’s acclaimed novel Moby Dick. “The Counterpane” refers to chapter four in the novel, in which the protagonist Ishmael wakes up in the arms of Queequeg, a tattooed cannibal. The scene recalls memories of Ishmael’s childhood in addition to the absurdity of the situation.
Stella’s print is not a literal interpretation of the scene. Rather, lines, colors and shapes interlock to create a distinct abstract composition. In the center is a rectangular form. Multicolored lines placed on top of the square create a mosaic tile effect. Placed above this geometric form are various shapes which form a collage effect. In the background, varying shades of black are embellished with white lines which seem to dance around the central shape. The ever shifting forms and colors create a distinctly “Stella” image.
Created in 1989, this color screen print, lithograph and linocut with hand-coloring, marbling and collage on T.H. Saunders and Somerset paper is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right of the image and numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left of the image.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Frank Stella The Counterpane (From The Waves Series), 1989 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnès and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. Axsom, Richard H. Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2016. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 190.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade conservation standards, Frank Stella The Counterpane (From The Waves Series), 1989 is presented in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.