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My Son Leonardo

Coming to the United States in 1943 on a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lasansky studied with Stanley William (S. W.) Hayter at the New York Atelier 17 and was influential in spreading his teacher’s methodology and passion for the engraving medium to a younger generation of artists. He joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1945, where he established one of the premiere printmaking programs in America.

This portrait of one of his four sons demonstrated his virtuosity as a printmaker and his interest in pushing the envelope of the medium. Using four separate plates (one copper and one zinc color plate for both the upper and lower register) he creates a complex combination print. More than a tour de force of intaglio technique, the print is a humanistic portrayal of an intense young man (perhaps an indirect reflection of himself through the visage of his son).

Mauricio Lasansky
American (born Argentina), 1914–2012
My Son Leonardo
1959
Color engraving, etching, soft ground, aquatint, electric stippler, scrapping, and burnishing on paper
Plate (two plates combined): 25 3/8 x 16 1/2 in. (64.4 x 41.9 cm); sheet: 28 3/8 x 19 1/16 in. (72.0 x 48.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.21.1

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