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Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian, b.1927)
Brasse sismographique
1972
Colour Lithograph
Edition of 500 signed and numbered examples
signed by Alechinsky and Christian Dotremont
28.25 x 20.5 inches (72.0 x 52.0 cm)
$2,500

Offset lithograph printed in colours, a fine, fresh, impression of the only known state printed on Arches paper, with margins, hand signed in pencil by Pierre Alechinsky and Christian Dotremont, pulled in an edition of 500 examples (there were a small number of proofs which were used as part of the series Placards), printed by Arte, Paris, published by Galerie Maeght, Paris, in very fine condition, unframed.

Exhibited:

New York, Guggenheim Museum, Pierre Alechinsky: Margin and Center, January, 1987, catalogue, p.132, no.93, illustrated in black & white (another example.) 

Liége, Belgium, Musée d’Art Moderne, Cobra Revisited, 09 April - 31 May 1993, catalogue, p.261, no.23, illustrated in color (another example.) 

Amstelveen, Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, De Taal van Cobra, 08 November 1995 - 31 September 2002, catalogue, p.256, no.191, illustrated in color (another example) 

St. Louis, Washington University Gallery of Art, The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, The Artist as Writer, 07 November - 21 December 1997 (this example.)

Literature:

Drucker, Johanna, William H. Gass and Cornelia Homburg (essay.) The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, The Artist as Writer, 1997, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, John Benjamins Publishing Company, p.20, illustrated in color (this example.) 

Lambert, Jean-Clarence. COBRA. 1983, New York, Abbeville Press, p.244, illustrated full-page in color (another example.) 

Riviere, Yves. Pierre Alechinsky: Les estampes de 1946 a 1972. 1973, Paris, Yves Riviere, pp.190-191, illustrated in color (another example.)

Notes:

Logogram reads: 

brasse sismographique de gouffre / au fur et dmesure de nuit / caresses de colre d'encre / va-et-vient de caprices de monte / striante de roche / de straatigrapie de souffles / vers le haut d'astres/ de matin brusquement cr rel / mais de toutes formes souleves / de source encore se dmultipliant de surgir / abruptement mais dj vers le jour se multipliant de vivre / de visage en vision / de soleil en perle de serpentement en fte / de batyre d'herbe en gerbe de volcan / en roseaux jusqu' l'ocansi pimpant d'un ciel / en lancement de terre jusqu' au cri si vivace d'un arbre / et dj pourtant menac d'une forme de mort / que la vie mme refuse / par une nuit nouvelle / mme tout dsspoir de source de condition de vivre et quotidiennement revivre / vers le matin revenant rel cr / vers le premier cri resurgir / mme toutes formes et toutes couleurs / si ardentes toujours / qu'elles nous jettent devenir