Artist's description:

the telegram

Into a quiet homely scene steals the front line of war. Terrifying news of men missing or killed was often passed back to their families by telegram. This picture is based upon a portrait by the artist August Macke of his wife Elisabeth, in the happier days before war. I have moved the time on to the early days of World War One, when Macke was killed in action in France. In looking at Macke's portraits I could see that he dearly loved his wife. Millions of families suffered such terrible losses. Down to this day, the decision to go to war in 1914 remains a burden upon us all.

Technical details:
This print is pulled from relief plates cut out of rubber, a variation of letterpress, akin to a linocut print. I use an etching press to roll the prints through. The plate merely kisses the paper but results in dense and even inking. The completed edition made 5 copies. The paper and ink are of high quality and should present no keeping difficulty. The picture would fit straight into 10 x 12 inch frame. Other trimming down to the size you would like is included. Please see the adjacent photograph as to how the image is positioned on the paper.

Materials used:

oil-based printing inks, Lambeth Cartridge paper 130gsm

the telegram (2017)


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This artwork is sold by Peter Long from United Kingdom

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Peter Long

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