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For a Certain Sunday [Pour un Certain Dimanche]



A very rare Artist’s Proof of a beautiful mezzotint in multiple colors by Mario Avati, one of the greatest masters of the art of mezzotint. Like all Avati works, this work is an exploration of shape and light.

This beautiful mezzotint was printed using two copper plates for the colors and a third copper plate for the black. It was printed in four states. In the first, the yolk of the egg was black. The second state, of which a single print exists, fixed that problem. This impression is from the third state, of which Avati printed 34 impressions (12 sample prints, nine trial proofs, and finally the 13 final proofs, of which this is the eighth. The fourth state was then produced in an edition of 65.

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Signing, Dating, and Titling


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Mezzotint in Black.
Printed on BFK Rives wove paper.
December 1969.
Signed by the artist in pencil, en recto lower right.  Titled en recto lower center.  Editioned en recto lower left.
Impression 8 out of the edition of 13 final proofs, preceding the edition of 65.
Custom framed behind 99% UV-blocking art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Excellent condition. Deep, black ink, full margins, without handling marks.
Framed Size:
24.5 in. (h) x 22.675 in. (w) x 1.5 in. (d)
Plate Size:
9.375 in. (h) x 11.5 in. (w)
Catalogue Raisonné Entries:
Passeron No. 417

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