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A work made of lithograph on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph on white wove paper.

Date:

1963

Artist:

Jasper Johns (American, born 1930)
printed by Zigmunds Priede (Latvian, born 1935)
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

This simple print shows two impressions of Johns’s right hand, one made with oil (printed backwards as “lio”), and one with soap. When he made this print, Johns was involved in several projects that involved using body imprints and casts, and he may have also been intrigued by the knowledge that “greasy hands” are capable of making a lithographic mark. Although the label on the image suggests that this was a test print, the hands’ gestures imply a defensive or coy posture.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jasper Johns

Title

Hand

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1963

Medium

Lithograph on white wove paper

Dimensions

Max, image: 34 × 24.5 cm (13 7/16 × 9 11/16 in.); Sheet: 57.6 × 45 cm (22 11/16 × 17 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1983.537

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