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The Trickster on His Throne, with Henchmen

1996
30 1/8 x 22 7/16 in. (76.5 x 57 cm)

Renée Stout
American

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of the Chase Manhattan Bank
Accession Number: 1997.1.9
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 11/70

Artists Proofs: 4
Trial Proofs: 12
B.A.T.: 1
Printers Proofs: 4
Hors Commerce: 11
Printer: Marina Ancona
Publisher: Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM
Portfolio: Resounding Heart

Renée Stout’s art incorporates mystical beings and experiences, like the African trickster deity represented here by the mound of dirt under the cross. For Stout, the cross or crossroads is the juncture of earth and spirit worlds, a place to seek aid from her ancestors in her life choices.

She describes 1930s Delta blues singer Robert Johnson as her kindred spirit. He attributed his musical genius to a legendary pact with the devil at a crossroads. Stout states, “Johnson was driven to sing just as I am compelled to make art.”
This is one of eight lithographs by pre-eminent African American artists included in the Resounding Heart Portfolio “to document the historical and evolutionary journey of the Black experience.”

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