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GERYON

Artist:
Bruce Conner (American, McPherson, Kansas 1933–2008 San Francisco, California)
Date:
1957
Medium:
Etching, aquatint and drypoint; 8th state of 9
Dimensions:
Plate: 7 1/16 × 8 3/4 in. (18 × 22.3 cm)
Sheet: 7 5/8 × 11 3/16 in. (19.3 × 28.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
John B. Turner Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.214.8
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690
As a group, the state proofs for GERYON reveal Conner's process of refining an image of a character from Dante’s Inferno. In the epic poem, Geryon is a demon whose radiant, jewel-encrusted form disguises his reptilian body, symbolic of his deceitful nature. The state proofs provide insight into Conner’s gradual obscuring of the figure’s wings, which are visible in early states, and the emphasis he later placed on the black background, which amplifies the subject’s luminosity.
Signature:
Vendor: Susan Inglett Gallery
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints: Portraits and States," August 8, 2017–November 20, 2017.

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