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Hog Series CLIX: Morning Tea II

30 x 22 7/16 in. (76.2 x 57 cm)

Tarleton Blackwell
United States

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of the Chase Manhattan Bank
Accession Number: 1997.1.4
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Edition: 11/70

Artists Proofs: 4
Trial Proofs: 7
B.A.T.: 1
Printers Proofs: 4
Hors Commerce: 11
Printer: Michael Costello
Publisher: Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM
Portfolio: Resounding Heart

Blackwell’s memories of growing up on a pig farm in South Carolina are the inspiration for his Hog Series. He states, “I have tried to portray hogs with dignity and respect, while at the same time revealing and sharing some of my past personal experiences.”
Blackwell was influenced by the works of the Spanish master Diego Velazquez and explains that “the essence of the Hog Series can be related to the way he depicted jesters and dwarfs of King Philip IV’s court as equals to their master.”
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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