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A chance encounter with a mural by Diego Riviera in an arts magazine convinced Arnold Belkin, a Canadian-born artist of Russian Jewish descent, to move to Mexico at the age of 18. He went on to become one of the most significant Mexican muralist artists, whose large-scale sight-specific works grace numerous public buildings throughout Mexico, the United States, and the Latin Americas. While Belkin’s large-scale murals are dominated mainly by figurative social-realist style, his easel paintings and prints display a greater degree of experimentation.
The present lithograph, produced during the time of Belkin’s extensive travels to the United States and Europe, illustrates the influence of international art movements. The work can be related to the artist’s celebrated stage and theatre designs, while the object’s anthropomorphised features express the artist’s concerns about the increasing automatization of industrial processes at the cost of human labour.
Acquired in the 1970s, and kept in a pristine condition, this rare to the market print is a must-have for emerging and established connoisseurs of international art and print collecting.
Arnold BELKIN (1930 - 1992)'Silla escultórica [Chair Sculpture]' 1973Lithograph on paperEdition of 60Image Size: 55 x 66 cm Dimensions: 55 x 66 cm Signed: Signed and dated lower right: Belkin 73; numbered 49/60 and bears the seal of Taller de la Grafica Mexicana lower leftComes with Letter of Provenance
Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
© The Artist or Assignee
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