Amethyst, from the series Oxygems
Solo Impression stock no. 89.473D
Sheet: 74.8 x 91.5 cm (29 7/16 x 36 in.)
Medium or Technique
Color woodcut with embossing
Not On View
The Torreano “Oxygem” series is full of ironies in its emphatic use of wood grain textures to depict polished, faceted gems. The artist used scissors to cut veneers of ash and mahogany which were them glued to plywood blocks. This allowed him to orient the grain in multiple directions. The matrix for the heavily embossed background grain was sandblasted plywood.
For others in the series, see 2008.5, 2008.6, 2008.7, 2008.9.
Numbered, signed, and dated lower right in graphite pencil: A. P. 9 Torreano '90
Verso lower left in graphite pencil [publisher's numbering]: 89.473D
Lower left, chop of Solo Impression
Gil Einstein (New York); to Robert and Barbara Wheaton (Concord, MA); their gift to MFA, December 12, 2007.
Gift of Robert Bradford and Barbara Ketcham Wheaton
Reproduced with permission.