Marisol Escobar (b. 1930)
Maria Sol Escobar, known simply as Marisol, is a sculptor born in Paris of Venezuelan lineage. She has lived in Europe, Caracas and New York. In the 1960’s Marisol was influenced by her friends Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Marisol is best known as a sculptor but in the 1960’s she did series of lithographs at Universal Limited Art Editions. By 1965 she had completed five lithographs juxtaposing tracings of the artist’s hands and feet with outlines of distinctive feminine objects, such as a purse or high heeled shoes. Pappagallo is the only colour print from the period. Tatyana Grosman, founder of ULAE, sent stones to Marisol at her studio where Marisol traced her hands and feet on the stones. The colour is layered to avoid a different stone for each and the space is compressed so as to make the foreground and the background merge into one plane. As a work of Pop art Pappagallo is reminiscent of Andy Warhol and his I Miller shoe designs. Marisol chose to name the print after a then famous high end shoe manufacturer.
Pappagallo is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum. It was featured in a 1999 MOMA Exhibition Pop Impressions Europe/USA: Prints and Multiples from the Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition travelled widely was shown at numerous museums and galleries in Europe and North America including the Glenbow Museum in 2001.
Works of Art
12/20 Lithograph in 3 colors on handmade Chatham British paper
25 x 20 in. (63.5x 50.8 cm)
Publisher’s seal embossed lower center
Provenance: Heffel, Private Collector