First Stone

A work made of lithograph from one stone in black ink on cream laid paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph from one stone in black ink on cream laid paper.

Date:

1962

Artist:

Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931)
printed by Zigmunds Priede
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

As its title indicates, this is the first print that Bontecou made. It was produced by drawing with lithographic crayon directly on limestone. As she described: “I was just testing things out on a stone. It was the first I’d ever done, so I just took different symbols and worked them out. I didn’t try to think of a composition. I just put it all on.”
Nevertheless, the forms—her signature black holes, cosmic bursts, insect-like carapaces, mutant sea creatures—are laid out with careful attention to the composition.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 125

Artist

Lee Bontecou

Title

First Stone

Origin

United States

Date

1962

Medium

Lithograph from one stone in black ink on cream laid paper

Dimensions

308 x 398 mm (image); 495 x 655 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1982.93

Extended information about this artwork

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