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Five Paintbrushes (sixth state)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2004,0602.43

  • Title (object)

    • Five Paintbrushes (sixth state)
  • Description

    Row of ten paintbrushes of various sizes placed as though hanging on a wall. 1973 Etching, aquatint and drypoint in black-green ink on Murillo paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1973
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 356 millimetres (plate)
    • Width: 692 millimetres
    • Height: 698 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 1003 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed, dated and numbered 11/25 in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Edition of 25 with 5 Artist's Proofs, printed by Alan Uglow and Winton Roeth and published by Petersburg Press, New York. 'Five Paintbrushes (sixth state)' comes from a series of six prints made from a single plate. The first state edition had five paintbrushes evenly spaced across a 597x902mm plate. For the second state edition, Dine added six brushes and cut 96mm from the right edge of the plate. For the third state, 76mm was cut from the top of the plate, 114mm from the right edge of the plate, the bristles of the brushes were made fuller by additional etching and drypoint lines, and marks were added around the handles with an electric drill sander. For the fourth state, 45mm was cut from the top and 120mm from the bottom of the plate, and soft ground texture was added to provide a grey background tone and texture on the brush handles. The fifth state had drypoint and etched lines added to the background, and the sixth state was pulled in black-green ink.
    From the early 1960s the American artist Jim Dine developed his subjects of the paintbrush, the bathrobe, and studio tools as symbols of his persona, what he called an 'autobiography through objects'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Krens 1977 140 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G30

  • Exhibition history

    2004-2005 Jun-Jan, BM, Matisse to Freud: The Alexander Walker Bequest
    2006 Oct-Dec, Lincoln, Usher Gallery, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
    2007 Jan-Mar, Leicester, New Walk (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
    2007 Mar-May, Leeds, Harewood House, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
    2007 Jul-Sep, Gateshead, Shipley AG, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
    2017 9 Mar-18 Jun, London, BM, G30, The American Dream

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2004

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Alexander Walker from the Alan Cristea Gallery for £9,813.60 on 9/8/00.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2004,0602.43

Row of ten paintbrushes of various sizes placed as though hanging on a wall.  1973  Etching, aquatint and drypoint in black-green ink on Murillo paper

Row of ten paintbrushes of various sizes placed as though hanging on a wall. 1973 Etching, aquatint and drypoint in black-green ink on Murillo paper

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