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Claude Garache: Original Aquatints 3: 1975-1980

Garache Paintings / Garache Drawings / Garache Drawings 2 / Garache Paris 2012

Garache Suite Rouge Sur Ingres Rose / Garache Suite Vermillon Sur Ingres Gris_clair / Garache Ebauche du feminin
Garache Lithographs 4

Aquatints 1: 1965-72 / Aquatints 2: 1972-77 / Aquatints 3: 1977-80 / Aquatints 4: 1980-83
Aquatints 5: 1983-88 / Aquatints 6: 1987-91 / Aquatints 7: 1991-97 / Garache's Blues

For an introduction to Claude Garache (French, b. 1929) and a select bibliography, click here.
Bouge Pauline. Original aquatint, 1976. 50 signed & numbered impressions. Illustrated in Argile V (1974). Image size: 300x397mm. Price: $1350.
La Bresque. Original etching and aquatint, 1976. 50 signed & numbered impressions Moulin de Larroque paper measuring 670x510mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. The works in the Breaque series suggested the "huddled masses" that the Statue of Liberty invited to come to a New World of freedom as a way of realizing the dignity that the natural rights of man granted them according the the French Philosophes of the 18th century. Image size: 550x510mm. Price: $1400.
Bresque rouge. Original color aquatint, 1975. 50 signed & numbered impressionss on Arches measuring 635x795mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. Illustrated in Claude Garache: Prints 1965-1985, ed. Richard Stammelman and Jean F. Feinberg (Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan Uninversity, 1985). This is one of Garache's deliberately awkward images designed to makes us feel how difficult it sometimes is to inhabit a body, especially if that body is pregnant. Image size: 450x545mm. Price: $1600.
Sandre. Original color aquatint, 1976. 50 signed & numbered impressionss on Arches measuring 635x795mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. This is one of Garache's deliberately awkward images designed to makes us feel how difficult it sometimes is to inhabit a body, especially if that body is pregnant. Image size: 450x545mm. Price: $1600.
Breuille. Original aquatint, 1976. 50 signed & numbered impressions s on Arches measuring 635x770mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. This is one of Garache's deliberately awkward images designed to makes us feel how difficult it sometimes is to inhabit a body, especially if that body is pregnant. Image size: 450x545mm. Price: $1450.
Accroupie II. Original aquatint with etching, 1977. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Arches measuring 500x660mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. One of the standard natural childbirth positions. Image size: 300x400mm. Price: $1500.
Ouve. Original aquatint with etching, 1977. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Arches paper measuring 500x660mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. Image size: 300x400mm. Price: $1300.
Ixe. Original aquatint with etching, 1977. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Arches paper measuring 500x660mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. Image size: 300x400mm. Price: $1500.
Ixe II. Original etching and aquatint, 1978. 60 signed & numbered impressions. This aquatint is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.) and was included in a c. 1980 show at MoMA of important trends in recent printmaking. Image size: 550x450mm Price: $1500.
Dode Rouge. Original color aquatint with burnishing, 1978. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Arches paper measuring 728x570mm. Exhibited in Naked/Nude, a survey of the figure in modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. (c. Spring-Summer, 1986). It has also been reproduced as a photo-lithograph for an exhibition poster for a show of Garache's work in Barcelona. I have recently discovered, pretty much by accident, that the word dode is a transliteration from The Song of Songs, 1:2 "O that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your lovemaking [dodeyka] is better than wine." The commentary to the passage says the "The plural dodim is a comprehensive term for lovemaking, that is, kisses and caresses as well as intercourse. . . . The word 'love' in most translations is too general and evasive" (Ariel Bloch and Chana Bloch, The Song of Songs: A New Translation with an introduction and commentary [NY: Random House, 1995], pp. 137-39). We thought that this was one of Garache's most wonderful works before we had any idea that it might connect to the ecstatic lovemaking hoped for by the Bride: the free-floating figure has always suggested a kind of release from the bondage of the body; with the possible connection to the idea of a bridal night's revels, it suggests even more strongly the body as not merely a release from confinement but a gateway to joy. Image size: 545x443mm. Price: $1600.
Dode II. Original aquatint with burnishing, 1979. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Arches paper measuring 728x570mm published by Galerie Maeght, Paris. Garache prepared a new copperplate to produce this work, giving it a sense of a fearless falling figure. Image size: 548x446mm. Price: $1600.
Bloise. Original color aquatint, 1980. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Ingres paper meassuring 500x655mm. This is a horizontal variant of the figure employed vertically in Dode Rouge and Dode, where the figures seem to be either leaping or falling. Here the figure seems to be floating in an ocean of water (or amniotic fluid). In each case, Garache has made a new plate and slightly varied the image. Because Garache has signed this in the extreme lower right margin, the whole sheet must float in the mat. Image size: 447x542mm. Price: $1500.
Yvie. Original aquatint, 1979. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Arches paper measuring 570x728mm published by Maeght Editeur, Paris. Image size: 548x446mm. Price: $1500.
Sauvechane. Original color aquatint with etching, 1980. 50 signed & numbered impressions on chiffen de Larroque paper measuring 510x665mm published by Galerie Maeght, Paris.. During the first three years of the 1980s, Garache experimented in printing on very absorbant colored drawing papers, often handmade, starting with three red on orange works, two of which we present here. Image size: 422x540mm. Price: $1500.
Naisse. Original color aquatint, 1980. 50 signed & numbered impressions on hand-made red-ochre Moulin de Laarroque paper meaasuring 655x505mm published by Galerie Maeght, Paris. Illustrated in Claude Garache: Prints 1965-1985, ed. Richard Stammelman and Jean F. Feinberg (Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan Uninversity, 1985). In French, the word for birth is "naissance"; Garache's title reminds us of our first head-first journey from darkness into light (others may include encounters with ice or banana peels, falling head-over-heels in love, and the final leap we take into eternity). Image size: 545x440mm. Price: $1500.
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Auche II. Original color aquatint, 1980. 50 signed & numbered impressions on Ingres paper meaasuring 655x505mm published by Galerie Maeght, Paris. Another in the series of explorations of the figure type seen in Dode, Dode Rouge, Bloise, and Naisse, this may be the most enigmatical. It is the closest to an upside-down Dode, but somehow manages a sense of stasis compared the leaps and falls of some of the others in this series.Image size: 545x440mm. Price: $1500.

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