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Joan Semmel

Joan Semmel

$3,500

American (1932)

  • Date: circa 1960
  • Intaglio Etching, signed and numbered in pencil
  • Edition of AP
  • Image Size: 17 x 15 inches
  • Size: 18 x 16 in. (45.72 x 40.64 cm)
  • Frame Size: 27 x 24.5 inches

$3,500

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This abstract figure by feminist modern artist Joan Semmel is almost grotesque in its depiction of a nude body crouched on the floor.

Their hands brace against the ground, shoulders slouched, head hung, a tangled mass of shapes formed in the center of it all. Without any color, the pieces feels bloody and brutal, Semmel expertly depicting a body in trauma.

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About The Artist: Joan Semmel

Joan Semmel (born October 19, 1932) is an American feminist painter, professor, and writer. She is best known for her large scale realistic nude self portraits as seen from her perspective looking down. Semmel was born in New York City. She began her artistic training at Cooper Union, where she studied under Nicholas Marsicano. She went on to study with Morris Kantor at the Art Students League of New York before earning a BFA from the Pratt...

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About The Medium: Etching

The printing process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where they want a line to appear in the finished piece, exposing the bare metal. The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it). The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print.

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Joan Semmel

circa 1960

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Joan Semmel

circa 1960

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