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Study for Fourteenth Stone

A work made of graphite and red chalk on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of graphite and red chalk on tracing paper.




Lee Bontecou
American, 1931-2022

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.


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Prints and Drawings


Lee Bontecou


Study for Fourteenth Stone


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Graphite and red chalk on tracing paper


60.5 × 94.8 cm (23 7/8 × 37 3/8 in.)

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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

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