James Hansen used art to explore good and evil, love and hate, faith and fear. Taking inspiration from ancient religious traditions and symbolism, he created charismatic and often playful images—but images that were nonetheless very focused on the theme he was exploring in the work.
This print is from Hansen’s Saltimbanques series. Saltimbanques was plainly among Hansen’s most masterful works. The engravings were beautifully executed and the prints skillfully made by an American leader in printmaking. These works are enormously appealing to the eye and, with a message that is clear but neither simplistic nor harping, appealing to the mind as well. These are truly delightful works.
With only 25 impressions in the edition, and an oeuvre that was substantially diminished when his works, held in storage after his death, were destroyed by water, this work is now quite scarce.