Sybil as Juliet/Sybil in Her Dressing Room by Jim Dine
Jim Dine is a consummate fine art printmaker with an interest in, commitment to and experience with printmaking spanning decades, that is almost unparalleled in the history of modern art. Beginning his career as a superstar up and coming young artist connected with the Happenings of Allan Kaprow in the late 1950's, the young Jim Dine quickly gravitated to fine art printmaking, with important early serigraphs, followed by stone lithography and later etching, creating some of the most innovative original prints in modern art. His hunger for experimentation and innovation has been a hallmark of his career, taking the time to explore graphic medium, being unafraid to learn and share along the way. This experimentation helped re-invent modern portraiture with his creative etchings, including self portraits, the likes of which had not been seen since the time of Rembrandt.
In the 1950's and 1960's, artists frequently looked to literature and poetry for inspiration. Dine started writing poetry in the 1960's using the random language seen in his own poetry as an adjunct to his art. Moving to London in 1967 (where Dine took a break from his fine art) he befriended the Director of London's Royal Court Theater working on a script adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The play never took place, but Dine created set designs and unique costuming with an accompanying series of drawings which became the basis for his first and historically important artist book. Created and published in 1968 it was comprised of four Editions (A-200/B-200/C-100/Supplementary loose edition-75 with collage) with velvet and leather covers. Dine commented that it was the most indulgent work he had completed to that point in his career and in contrast to the usual period drama costuming, Dine creations mirrored the indulgence and narcissism of the central character Dorian Gray and the vulnerability and innocence of Sybil, Gray's girl friend.
The color lithographs Sybil as Juliet/Sybil in Her Dressing Room expand on the theme of Sybil's vulnerability and innocence with a comparison to Juliet mirroring her suicide after being dumped by the narcissistic and selfish Gray. This work is an excellent investment work and is part of the Smart Collector works available currently.
Technical Details: Color lithographs on Vellin Arches. Sheet size 17 x 12 inches. Edition B Artists Proof. 1968