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Robert Natkin
Robert Natkin Untitled Limited Edition Signed Abstract Print

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Robert Natkin (American, 1930-2010) Untitled, from the Field Mouse series Lithograph in colors on wove paper Signed in pencil lower right Edition 56/75 in pencil on the verso Sheet: 29in H x 25in L In a brass frame: 32in H x 27.5 in L x 1 1/2in D Natkin’s Field Mouse series, which first emerged in 1968, marked a sharp departure from the highly architectural Apollo canvases. His less formal, more improvisational Field Mouse works teem with what Natkin has called a “scatter balance” of interacting textures, patterns, and shapes. Densely enmeshed yet fluid, these spot, crosshatches, snakes, and scumblings bring to mind the whispering sounds and colors. The Field Mouse series title refers to an Ezra Pound translation of a Chinese poem. Pound writes: And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough, And life goes by Like a field mouse, Running through the grass not touching. Natkin has always been deeply moved by this poem, which he refers to as “a sweeping landscape of emotion.” His Field Mouse paintings are indeed emotional landscapes in which the trees, sky and rolling hills of traditional landscapes are replaced by interacting pattern and shapes cradled against or boldly emerging from veils of texture. And yet, whereas the Pound poem celebrates finiteness and mortality, Natkin’s canvases strive for that which is infinite. “I want” asserts Natkin, “the eye of the viewer never to tire, never to cease.” Natkin’s desire to paint “emotional landscapes” in the late 1960s stems from his growing detachment from his urban surroundings and from the distracting machinations of the New York art world. Through the “illusionary space” of the Field Mouse canvases, Natkin succeeds not only in creating a world apart but, as he puts it, by “becoming, myself, a place.” In 1970, Natkin and his wife, the painter Judith Dolnick, left New York City, moving to rural Connecticut. *From Robert Natkin, A Retrospective: 1952-1996. Exhibition catalogue, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 1997

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  • Creator
    Robert Natkin (1930-2010, American)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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  • Condition
    Print is in very good condition. Frame has surface scratches commensurate with age.
  • Gallery Location
    San Rafael, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 111-2221stDibs: LU108415303011

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