Jasper Johns/Painted Bronze; Jasper Johns; 1967-1969; J2000.1.3


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Jasper Johns/Painted Bronze

About this object

"Printmaking has provided a rich source for Jasper Johns's art since 1960, when he was first invited to work at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) by the now-renowned publisher Tatyana Grosman. The required stones, plates, and screens, as well as the prodding process itself, have served to facilitate his use and reuse of imagery in new contexts. Such alterations and metamorphosis have allowed Johns to continually forge new meanings for his evolving artistic vocabulary, not only in printmaking but also in painting and drawing, mediums that, for him are all deeply intertwined.

Johns is of the generation that led to a renaissance of printmaking in America, and he has worked at several printshops that were established in this periods. Having created some four hundred printed works in the course of his career, in addition to countless working proofs and evolving states, he carefully organizes this body of work in a personal archive that documents his creative process. The technique of lithography is primary for him, but he has also worked extensively in etching and other intaglio processes. In addition, sustained periods of screen print and monotype activity have led to substantial achievements.

From early images like "Target" and "Ale Cans," to enigmatic abstractions and collage like figurative compositions, Johns has forged an individual style that is difficult to categorize among the movements of contemporary art. His early placement in a transitional period between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art lost significance as his worked unfolded. Yet an underlying emotional and intellectual resonance has remained constant throughout. His probing imagery invites introspection in almost poetic terms of reference, suggestion, and allegory. A confounding complexity keeps it elusive yet also serves to make it a telling reflection of modern experience."

Publication except from Deborah Wye, "Artists and Prints: Masterworks from The Museums of Modern Art," New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004, p. 156.


Jasper Johns



Portfolio Title

First Etchings, Second State*

Date Made



Pop Art

Medium and Materials

Etching and drypoint on paper

Place Made


Place Notes

Printed at the Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE)

Inscription and Marks

Recto: BR below plate mark, pencil, "Jasper Johns '67 - '69"; BLC of sheet, pencil, "6/40"; Embossment below edition number, "ULAE"


Framed: 29.5" x 23.5"
Unframed: 24.5" x 19.5"
Image: 3.5 x 3.5"

Subject and Association Description

Jasper Johns, ale cans, Pop Art, Neo Dada, tin cans


Jacobs Collection

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Jacobs

Object Type


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