Elizabeth Peyton

Frederick Douglass



Linocut on smoothed japan paper

61 x 46 cm

Edition of 30 copies, signed, titled, dated and numbered by the artist

In stock

This edition is produced by Salon Verlag

about this work

With this edition, Elizabeth Peyton makes an emotive tribute to a seminal figure in the history of America. Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He became the most important leader of the movement for African-American civil rights in the 19th century.

This edition comes with a copy of the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written by Himself and Lecture on Pictures, and a separately signed and numbered ex libris bookplate on 200 copies.

about Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton is known for her understated yet intense portraits. She treats the subjects of her portraits with a distinctive intimacy, whether they are friends, historical icons, or famous musicians. Her ever-expanding repertoire of recurring subjects includes Kurt Cobain, Andy Warhol, Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Elizabeth II, and David Hockney, among many others. She paints from both life and from varied source material like found photographs, film stills, famous paintings, or mass media images. Her portraits, lovingly created with gestural brushstrokes of diluted oil paint, investigate how art and mass media affect the viewer’s emotional and intellectual response to the person depicted.

Alongside portraits, Peyton also produces work that engages with the still-life tradition, often featuring cropped portraits in complex compositions with flowers, statuary, and other motifs associated with the genre.



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