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Printmaking: Etching, Aquatint, Drypoint, Oil, Ink on Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other.
Jerry Mazur-DiFalco created this distinctively visual etching via the employment of four separate zinc plates, which were placed simultaneously on the printing press bed (two etching plates over two) in order to produce this single image. The scene features an historic building in New Orleans called THE CALBILDO; moreover, Mazur-Di Falco’s trademark of using multiple plates in this manner creates the illusion of inspecting the scene through a four-paned window. He used the studio techniques of intaglio, aquatint, Chine collè, and drypoint on these zinc plates, which each required four nitric acid baths to achieve the final etched design. Each plate measures six inches high by four inches wide, and the overall image size (including the separating cross-space between the plates) measures eight-and-a-quarter inches wide by twelve- and-a-quarter inches high. The French paper used was RivesBFK white; this measured about fourteen-inches high by seventeen inches high. The work is sold in an archival mat with a wood and glass frame (twenty-five inches high by nineteen-inches wide). The unique color of this etching is attributed to the artist’s blending of five oil-based inks from Paris. The scene—based on three original drawings by the artist—was adapted from a 1999 photograph by a friend of the artist. This series contains FIVE EDITIONS, with each edition limited to FOUR ETCHINGS (individual editions are executed in a different ink & paper color combination). This is the best print (Number One) from the Third of Five Editions (printed in May 2019.
The price includes mat, frame, etching, shipment costs, shipment carton, bubble warp, plastic for waterproofing frame & work during shipment, a craft paper frame backing, and a signed Certificate of Authenticity with artist's information. This work was hand printed by Di Falco on a Charles Brand industrial, free-standing press and published at The Center for Works on Paper’s Open Studio in Printmaking, which is connected to The Fleisher Art School's campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and . . . is associated with The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
NARRATIVE: New Orleans is a mysterious and bittersweet city that blends diverse cultures, music, art forms, and foods unlike any other city in the US. Its mix of French, Italian, Spanish, Canadian, West African, Asian, Caribbean, and Native peoples (coupled with its humidity, vegetation, and relaxed lifestyles) has earned it the city known as “The Big Easy”. Architecture, jazz, voodoo, trolley cars, class/racial stratification, and culinary aromas all combine—like a flavorful gumbo—to create one of the most captivating cities in the US.
Scene History: After the Louisiana Purchase, this building (called the Cabildo) housed governmental offices. From 1803 until 1812, the Louisiana territorial superior court sat there. From 1868 to 1910 (after the Civil War), the Louisiana Supreme Court resided here. The Cabildo, a National Historic Landmark on Jackson Square in New Orleans, has also served as an emergency hospital, a banquet hall, and as a home for various libraries, including the New Orleans Library Association in 1819 and the Law Association Library from 1847 until 1910. In 1911, the Louisiana State Museum moved in, where it and remains today.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection