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Timed Sale Era-defining Art: 19th & 20th Century

Thu, Sep 14, 2023 04:00PM EDT - Thu, Sep 21, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 46

D. Pacella: Purple Orchid

Estimate: $200 - $300

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D. Pacella (American, 20th Century): Purple Orchid. Monotype on heavy rag paper, signed and numbered (1/1) in pencil. Inventory number in pencil on the edge. Unframed.

The monotype is actually a very simple medium that only requires applying pigments or ink to the smooth substrate plate. The plate for a monotype is a blank smooth surface that has no permanent markings or incisions.
Picture a painting on a piece of smooth acrylic. This image on the smooth surface is created by applying the ink. It can be brushed, rolled, daubed or applied in any way that suits the artist. The artist may further manipulate the ink before a sheet of paper is applied on top of the image. This plate with the paper applied on top is then run through the press. What is created is a unique one-of-a-kind work on paper.
So here's the question we are frequently asked at this point in the explanation: why doesn't the artist avoid all this rigamarole involving the plate and press and just paint directly on the paper?
Simply put, our answer is that the monotype can have remarkable transparency combined with a layered quality that one is unlikely to get from a painting on paper. Also many of the monotype artists we work with have told us they enjoy the element of surprise that comes with lifting the paper off the plate after it has gone through the press. One is never quite sure what the print will look like. Sometimes they can, of course, be disappointed but, as one of our artists elegantly puts it, there can also be some "happy accidents".

30 x 22.5 inches paper; 26.5 x 21.5 inches plate.

Private collection, New England, USA.


Very good condition; the lower left corner is bent/ creased.

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