Hans Figura / Austrian, 1898-1978
The Porte Saint-Denis is a 17th-century triumphal arch that remains a Paris landmark. It was commissioned by Louis XIV to commemorate his military victories.
Note: etchings on satin require multiple points of support to keep the image in square. At some time in its nearly 100 year history, this print was supported with tape that left the stains you see here. The stains are not spreading, and in this case there is ample room for a generous mat window. The print will appear pristine when matted.
A lovely feature of Figura’s etchings on satin is the shifting tones of the light areas. At one moment, for example, the white clouds shimmer against a darker sky. Then, as you change viewing position, the tones are reversed: now a brighter sky glows from behind darker clouds.