Zadkine, Ossip. Praying Mantis, 1964. Lithograph in six colors: dark and light blue, yellow, green, black and tan. (22 ½ in x 16 ½ in) on a 30 in x 22 ½ in sheet. Signed in pencil, “O. Zadkine 1964.” 149/210. Traces of matting across the top of the sheet, otherwise very good condition.
Ossip Zadkine (1890 – 1967) was one of Europe’s foremost sculptors, known for making prints in conformity with his sculptural concepts. Influenced by Cubism, Zadkine wrote about this lithograph: “The subject has for a long time persecuted me: The uneven stage of the feminine and the masculine, and its domination by one, or the other. This physiological event had to be translated, of course, into lines forms and colors. A bright yellow coloration of one personage and the slow darkening of the other are meant to express the decay; the slow giving up of its striving for domination.” IGAS Series 61, 1964.