Johns began experimenting with printmaking early in his career and quickly mastered the medium, using traditional techniques to produce innovative works. "Usuyuki," Japanese for "light snow," is the title given to a series of prints that Johns created in collaboration with Simca Print Artists in the early 1980s. This technically impressive group features Johns's cross-hatching motif in a variety of designs, colors, and formats. This example, recently acquired by the Museum, is among the largest and most complicated prints from the series, utilizing twelve screens to create subtle gradations of color and a collagelike layered effect.
Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "Jasper Johns '81"
Vendor: Jasper Johns (American, born Augusta, Georgia, 1930)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 26, 1999–October 18, 1999.
ULAE no. 216
Richard S. Field The Prints of Jasper Johns, 1960–1993: A Catalogue Raissoné with a text by Richard S. Field. Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York, 1994, cat. no. 216.