Jean-Pierre Sudre: M+V, 1978
Unique Mordançage print (see below).
Print size: 7.75 x 11.875 in./19.5 x 29.5 cm.)
Mounted on card, Signed, dated and numbered 1/1 in pencil with artists monogram blindstamped on mount.
Matt size: 16 x 20 in./40.5 x 51 cm.)
Jean-Pierre Sudre is a master of alternative (or primitive') print processes. He invented the Mordançage process (also called 'etch-bleach process') and taught it to a few artists, who continue to used it. Mordançage physically manipulates silver gelatin prints through acid bleaching, rubbing, and lifts. Most importantly, the darkest parts of the emulsion are stripped away. Water is used to float the delicate silver emulsion on the surface so as to rearrange it and dry it back down on to the paper. In this transformation of the image, a sort of relief print is created. The raised areas give the print beguiling textural surface, while the accompanying simplification of forms gives it a unique graphic quality. The end result is a one of a kind print. Sudre used this image of a wheat field to great effect in producing a number of unique prints.
A slight trace of wear at upper edge.