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Silent Eclectic Fish Tattoo

A work made of color etching on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of color etching 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 group print was created using the Surrealist game the Exquisite Corpse, wherein a drawn composition was divided by a number of players and each participant drew a body section from head to toes, hiding his or her contribution from subsequent players. The end result was a surprise to all. This is a rare example of a print made using this process.
The title was also devised in the same way, echoing the poetic brainstorming initiated by the Surrealists. This work is a testament to the mutual admiration of Vera Berdich and her students.


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Prints and Drawings


Vera Berdich


Silent Eclectic Fish Tattoo


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1964


Color etching on cream wove paper


Image/plate: 43 × 14.5 cm (16 15/16 × 5 3/4 in.); Sheet: 51.2 × 20.1 cm (20 3/16 × 7 15/16 in.)

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Bequest of Vera Berdich

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