Anna Letycia (1929 - )

Untitled (1994)

Aquatint on paper
height: 75.5cm
width: 52cm

Donated by Anna Letycia 1995


Letycia’s asscociation with the Ateliê de Gravura at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio de Janeiro (MAM/RJ) in the late 1950s onwards coincided with her departure from purely figurative representation, although the abstraction she developed often tended to have a basis in the real world. This is visible in Composição mista and in this untitled aquatint, in which two dark U-shaped forms are joined together to suggest the human body, in a way that is very reminiscent of abstracted bodies found in indigenous art in Brazil. As with Composição mista Letycia uses the aquatint process to create contrasts, here between a tonal, textured background and the flat dark figure in the foreground.

(Display caption from the exhibition Southern Press: Prints from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile, firstsite, 2011-2012)

Ian Dudley, 2011

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