Vienna: Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper) / circa 1925?

Figura, Hans
Early 20th Century
Etching and aquatint on satin
Views of Austria


Pencil signed

Image: 5 ¾” x 6 ½”

Sheet: 8” x 8 ¾”

Condition: Very good / tape stains in four corners–¾” or more from image / light creases in left margin–½” from image

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Hans Figura / Austrian, 1898-1978

Special feature: Click here to discover how Hans Figura made color etching/aquatints!

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.

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