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Study for Fourteenth Stone

A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

Date:

1968–72

Artist:

Lee Bontecou
American, born 1931

About this artwork

The preparatory drawings, stencils, and trial proofs in the collection of the Art Institute show the extensive trial and error that went into the creation of Fourteenth Stone. Still, the artist was unhappy with Fourteenth Stone as published. Although she settled upon white ink on black paper for the final published print, she explained, “I wasn’t happy with the color. It wasn’t what I wanted. I should have said, ‘Just do it in black and white. Let it sit up as a strong black and white.’ I remember seeing it after and saying, ‘Well, it’s as good as it can be. It’s done.’” Nonetheless, Fourteenth Stone is among Bontecou’s subtlest and most evocative prints.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lee Bontecou

Title

Study for Fourteenth Stone

Origin

United States

Date

1968–1972

Medium

Graphite on tracing paper

Dimensions

474 × 604 mm

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

1982.113a

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