Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fine Art Prints, Part 11

With this posting, we complete the 2002 Gotham Book Mart list of prints created by Edward Gorey. The list ended at #117, plus one extra unnumbered print listed. We still have a number of etchings to cover in a future post, but they were printed after Mr. Gorey's death and are not on this list.

Many of the prints shown on this post are available for purchase from The Edward Gorey House - edwardgoreyhouse.org - although some editions may be sold out. As with Edward Gorey's other prints, the editions completed after his death are available hand numbered with a facsimile signatures.

#106 Figbash Takes A Bow - 40/50 prints were hand signed.
#107 Figbash On Pointe to Right - 40/50 prints were hand signed.
#108 Figbash On Pointe Hands Up - 40/50 prints were hand signed.
#109 Figbash Jump with Hands Up - 50/50 prints were hand signed.
#110 Figbash Pointing Right - 36/50 prints were hand signed.
#111 Figbash Two Hands Right - 35/50 prints were hand signed.
#112 Figbash Leaping, Two Hands Right - 30/50 prints were hand signed.
#113 Figbash Leaping, Two Hands Back- 40/50 prints were hand signed.
#114 Winged Figbash on "Etc." - 40/50 prints were hand signed. I have print #10/50. This is the only instance I know of where Figbash is shown with wings.
#115 Night Creature Carrying Baby Aloft - 50/50 prints were hand signed. I am showing print #40/50. Along with print #41 Au Secours, this is one of Edward Gorey's most successful prints. In both prints, Mr. Gorey embraced the medium of printmaking and created striking images which could only be created through the printmaking process.

With his use of shadow and light, Mr. Gorey conveys darkness and despair in Night Creature more convincingly than he could have in his standard cross hatched drawing style. In person, this print has a beautiful, almost three dimensional inky black surface. This image has been used as the cover for a vampire story compilation book.
#116 Sleeping Cat Turned Left - 50/50 prints were hand signed.
#117 Sleeping Cat Turned Right - 50/50 prints were hand signed. (I have no image for this print. If anyone cares to forward a scan to me, I will post it here)

Figbash English Soup - 300/300 prints were hand signed. This print was primarily available through Storyopolis in California, although Gotham had a few available. The Gotham list also said there were 23 Artist's Proof prints available.

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