Jim Dine, A Beautiful Heart, 1996

Artist: Jim Dine (1935 - )
Title:A Beautiful Heart, 1996
Medium:Etching, aquatint and power-tool drypoint in colors
Image Size:23 1/2 x 19 3/8 in. (59.7 x 49.2 cm)
Sheet Size:30 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (78.1 x 65.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil.
Signature:This work is hand-signed and dated by Jim Dine (Ohio, 1935 –) in pencil.
Condition:This piece is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4912

Historical Description

An eye catching heart stares out at us in patchworks of bold colors. Reminiscent of grade school simplicity, there is a tenderness in Jim Dine A Beautiful Heart, 1996 that speaks to the feeling of the butterflies you first get when meeting someone or the proud display of affection you want to show them.  Hearts, in Jim Dines iconic works, are a touching symbol to the love of his life, his wife Nancy.

Every heart that he has ever painted is different, like a portrait one could say, of her through the years growing, with him loving her more and more with time.

The eye catching patches of browns, yellows, reds, blues, greens, purples, and pinks throughout the work give the illusion of a crayon or colored pencil drawing, but the ink appears so light and fresh the colors manage to both blend and come out into their own, showing the skills of a true print master. This makes sense given that as John Russell notes in Jim Dine: Complete Graphics that

“Dine is not a print maker…he is a man who uses the print as a method of instantaneous recall or brisk first-hand negotiation between art and life.” (p.11).

This etching, aquatint and power-tool drypoint print in colors is hand-signed and dated by Jim Dine (Ohio, 1935 –) in pencil.  Numbered from the edition of 60, in which four special proofs also exist, this work is printed on Hahnemühle paper and was published by Pace Editions, Inc., New York.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Jim Dine A Beautiful Heart, 1996 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).

  1. D’Oench, Ellen. Jim Dine Print 1977-1985. Harper and Row: New York, 1986. Another example of this work is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 118 on pg. 117.
  2.  A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Framed to archival, museum grade conservation standards, Jim Dine A Beautiful Heart, 1996 is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Romantic Hearts