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Study for Dialogue

1955/1963
John Wilson (American, 1922–2015)


Dimensions

Framed: 45.4 x 31.4 cm (17 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.) Sheet: 28.5 x 14.7 cm (11 1/4 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2013.818

Medium or Technique

Mixed media on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Wilson began this drawing in Mexico City as a preparatory study for his 1955 lithograph Dialogue. He would have used it as a guide when drawing the composition in greasy crayon on his lithographic stone. (The image is reversed through the printing process.) Eight years later, while living in New York, he returned to this sheet and made a number of alterations, most notably removing the figure of the crouching beggar.

Inscription

In black ink, l.l.: John Wilson 1963; in graphite, verso: deacidified; stamped in black ink: Sold with the reservation that all reproduction rights to this work of art belong to the artist, John Wilson

Provenance

The artist; on consignment to Martha Richardson Fine Art, Boston; 2013, sold by Martha Richardson Fine Art to the MFA, Boston. (Accession date: June 23, 2013)

Credit Line

A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

Copyright

© VAGA, New York, NY