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Third Stone

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

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




Lee Bontecou (American, 1931-2022)
printed by Zigmunds Priede
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

Bontecou referred to First Stone and Second Stone as experiments. For Third Stone, “I pushed harder,” she said, describing a more finished drawing. “It’s related to [my] sculpture, but it wasn’t for any particular sculpture. I was happy to find that in drawings or in litho, I could be so much more free—was not bound by the material. Endless space—whereas in the sculpture I have to have a frame, something to stop it.”


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Lee Bontecou


Third Stone


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Lithograph from one stone in black ink on ivory laid paper


Image: 42.9 × 34.4 cm (16 15/16 × 13 9/16 in.); Sheet: 65.2 × 50.5 cm (25 11/16 × 19 15/16 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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