Bruegel-Britannia

Bruegel-Britannia
Artist:
Walter Miller Askin (American, 1929)
Date:
1970
Medium:
Five-color screen print 
Dimensions:
Sheet: 39-3/4 x 27-3/4 in. (101.0 x 70.5 cm); Image: 29-3/4 x 19-3/4 in. (75.6 x 50.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist 
Accession Number:
P.1972.05 
Copyright:
© 2008 Walter Askin 
Not on View
Description

Edition of 75, No. 66.

Pasadena native Walter Askin is known for his imaginative and satirical paintings, sculptures and graphic works. Askin's lithograph Bruegel-Britannia was partially named after his redrawing of Pieter Bruegel's sixteenth century etching, "The Alchemist," that appears in the center of the upper-half of the print. Askin was intrigued by the medieval concept of alchemy and was fascinated by Bruegel's complex, yet lively compositions. The second half of the title, Britannia, was the name of the street in London where the print studio that produced this work was located. The whimsical figures depicted throughout the composition represent the various characters Askin encountered during his visit to London in 1970.

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