Frank Stella, Ahab's Leg (From the Waves), 1989

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Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title: Ahab’s Leg (From the Waves), 1989
Reference: Axsom 198
Series: The Waves
Medium: Color Screenprint, Lithograph and Linoleum, with Hand Colouring and Collage on Saunders Wove Paper.
Sheet Size: 74 7/8 in x 54 3.4 in (190 cm x 139 cm)
Framed Size: Approx. 85 in x 65 in (215.9 cm x 165.1cm)
Edition: This work is numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower right of the image; published by Waddington Graphics, London.
Signature: This work is hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right of the image.
Condition: This work is in very good condition.
Gallery Price: Sold. Please call us at 510-777-9970 for similar works.
ID # w-5354

In the 1980s and 90’s, Frank Stella turned away from his minimalist practice to develop a series of works based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In Melville’s novel, Ahab was a ship captain whose leg was bitten off by the whale Moby Dick. Stella describes his Moby Dick series as a kind of tribute to the abstract expressionists; "They're still the generation I admire. This is paying my debt, or not so much paying my debt as expressing my admiration for the abstract expressionist generation that I grew up with and that I admired the most, and that I still admire." In this abstract work dedicated to Ahab, vibrant orange, red, blue and green swirl and mix before our eyes. The colors form a captivating composition to confront the complicated inner workings of the character.

Created in 1989, this color screenprint, lithograph and linoleum, with hand colouring and collage on Saunders Wove Paper was hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right of the image. The work is numbered from the edition of 60 in the lower right of the image; published by Waddington Graphics, London.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella Ahab's Leg (From the Waves), 1989 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 sale of the work).

  1. Axsom, Richard H. The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2016. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 198.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, this work is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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