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Silent Eclectic Fish Tattoo

A work made of etching in black on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of etching in black on cream wove paper.


June 4, 1964


Vera Berdich (American, 1915-2003)
Art Green (American, born 1941)
Suellen Rocca (American, 1943-2020)
William Schwedler (American, 1942-1982)

About this artwork

This unusual etching was made by four School of the Art Institute of Chicago alums (from top to bottom: Art Green, Vera Berdich, Suellen Rocca, and William Schwedler) playing the game known as Exquisite Corpse, which was invented by the Surrealists in the early 20th century. To play the game, a piece of paper is folded into sections; each participant then contributes a portion of the overall composition while remaining unaware of what the others have done.


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Prints and Drawings


Vera Berdich


Silent Eclectic Fish Tattoo


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching in black on cream wove paper


Image/plate: 43 × 14.5 cm (16 15/16 × 5 3/4 in.); Sheet: 47.4 × 18.6 cm (18 11/16 × 7 3/8 in.)

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Bequest of Vera Berdich

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