Marisol

Of Venezuelan decent, Marisol (1930-2016) was born in Paris, attended high school in Los Angeles, studied for a year in Paris at École des Beaux Arts and the Académie Julien before moving to New York in 1950 to study painting with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League.

In 1951 she moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts to study with Hans Hoffman until 1954. In 1953 she devoted herself to sculpture, making terracotta figurines, carving figures from wood, and creating assemblages incorportating found objects and plaster of her own face. Because her work combined social satire and descriptive realism, it was initially linked to pop art. Marisol’s work was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s The Art of Assemblage (1961), the Haag’s Gemeentemuseum’s New Realism (1964), and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Annual Exhibition (1964); In 1968 she represented Venezuela at the Venice Biennale.

At the suggestion of Larry Rivers, Marisol began working at ULAE in 1964, and by the following year had completed five lithographs juxtaposing tracings of the artist’s hands and feet with outlines of distinctive feminine objects, such as a purse or high heeled shoes. Between 1970-1973 she produced a body of work based on her extended travels to Asia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, frequently incorporating unorthodox materials into her prints.

1973

Catalpa Maiden About to Touch Herself, 1973
Lithograph in 4 colors

Cultural Head, 1973
Lithograph in 5 colors

Forest, 1973
Lithograph in 1 color

I Hate You, 1973
Intaglio in 1 color

Morning Glory, 1973
Intaglio in 1 color

Self-Portrait, 1973
Intaglio in 1 color

The Death of Head and Leg, 1973
Intaglio in 1 color

1971

Diptych, 1971
Lithograph in 2 colors

Five Hands and One Finger, 1971
Lithograph in 1 color

1970

French Curve, 1970
Intaglio in 1 color

Kalimpong 1, 1970
Intaglio in 1 color

Kalimpong 2, 1970
Intaglio in 1 color

Pnom Penh, One, 1970
Intaglio in 1 color

Pnom Penh, Two, 1970
Intaglio in 1 color

1965

Hand and Purse, 1965
Lithograph in 1 color

Pappagallo, 1965
Lithograph in 3 colors

1964

Furshoe, 1964
Lithograph in 1 color