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Title

L'Elefante di Giotto


Artist

Enzo Cucchi

Italy

14 Nov 1949 -


About

This dark, brooding mysterious print encapsulates Cucchi's dictum that a picture must abound in elementary powers suggesting, as it does, some primal forces at work in the darkness, an irradiating light that shines forth from the blackness to focus on or create the image of the elephant in the title of the work, an allusion to the legends and ancient culture of the artist's Italian heritage. The dark egg shape, an image recurring frequently in Cucchi's work, hovers in the blackness, radiating light as if to suggest some elemental life-force. 'L'Elefante di Giotto' whose overpowering size is not only a technical tour de force, is redolent with a kind of primordial simplicity, haunting in its power and beauty.


Details


Other Title

Giotto's elephant


Date

1986


Media category

Print


Materials used

aquatint, drypoint


Edition

33/45 [Ed 45 + 10 copies numbered in Roman numerals)


Dimensions

138.0 x 255.0 cm image/sheet; 140.5 x 257.5 x 3.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Enzo Cucchi". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

40.1989


Artist information

Enzo Cucchi

Works in the collection

1