Dutch Hearts (collage #3) 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. Early in his career he 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.
Dine's ability to use a variety of graphic techniques in his images is not only a rare finding among fine artists but indicates his extensive knowledge of printmaking allowing him to achieve the powerful emotional quality in his work.
Focusing on his early prints, DKH has a collection of original prints and vintage high quality posters connected to important early exhibits of his work that gives the viewer and collector a unique window through which they can understand and appreciate how his printmaking aesthetic evolved over time and the significant place he has in the history of modern art.
Dutch Hearts is the 3rd in a series of 8 very early and rare lithographs (1970) demonstrating Dine's signature heart symbol (a representation for his wife) using a unique mixture of lithography and collage. The two hearts were torn from paper that was printed with crayon marks, washes and textures and collaged to the sheet. In the same year Dine was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York, which was his first major Museum exhibition and a major leap forward in establishing his credibility as a fine art printmaker. The vintage exhibition poster for that exhibition in 1970 featured his now iconic heart symbol using his Six Hearts lithograph also printed at Petersberg Press, London in 1970.
This work is an excellent entry level fine art print, with significant investment value. Recently collage #7 from the same Dutch Heart portfolio sold at Sotheby's for $4,000. This work is available as part of the Smart Collector Special offer, which also includes the Six Hearts vintage exhibition poster of 1970.
Technical Details: Dutch Hearts Portfolio, signed. Lithograph and collage (#3). Sheet size 20 x 16 inches. Edition number 52 of 85. Petersburg Press, London. 1970.