Hockaday Museum of Art

Kalispell, Montana

(406) 755-5268



Intaglio Prints by Mauricio Lasansky

Flathead Valley Residents John and Joan Greene have long admired the work of printmaker Mauricio Lasansky (for more information, check out the website of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art). Their collection of his elegant, richly-colored prints is the focus of a special long-term exhibit in the Museum's south gallery. Shown above is "Mr. President: Portrait of Lincoln." The exhibit runs from June 11 to November 13th, 1999.

Mauricio Lasansky's intaglio prints are the result of a complicated multi-step process, yet their impact on the viewer feels spontaneous and simple.  As a young printmaker of prominence in his native Argentina, Lasansky came to the United States in 1943 as a Guggenheim Fellow to undertake an exhaustive study of the print collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  After completing that monumental task, he continued his creative and expansive career in printmaking, first as a member of Atelier 17 in New York and since 1945 as a member of the faculty of the University of Iowa.  Mr. Lasansky retired in 1984 from his academic duties, but still remains active as a printmaker in Iowa City.  His works have been exhibited worldwide and are featured in collections from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy. He is also a member of the National Academy of Arts and Design, in New York.

Lasansky has expanded the boundaries of intaglio printmaking by incorporating a wide variety of techniques in his work, as well as by experimenting again and again with his materials.  In Profile with Red Band, for example, he uses engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint, soft ground with leaf resist, electric stippler, scraping, and burnishing on three plates ­ one copper master plate and two zinc alloy plates. Lady in Blue uses similar techniques on a copper master plate more than six feet in length.

Museum Director David Lee Eubank said, "This is truly one of the most beautiful exhibits the Hockaday Museum of Art has ever displayed. To see it is a rare and wonderful experience" 


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