Untitled [Woman Turned Right]

Miroslav Tichý (1926-2011)
Monotype etching
Circa: 1970s (n.d.)
Size: 6 1/2" (w) x 10" (h) sight
This small monotype is one of my favorites, as it exemplifies Tichý's improvisational process as it is clear he used a shard of broken plastic or glass as the etching ground—the image is hazy and has a dark vignette much like his photographs.

I recently acquired a great cache of monotype etchings by Miroslav Tichy. Tichý’s neighbor and come-biographer Roman Buxbaum, observed, “After scratching out the drawing he applied paint with the palm of his hand and then, applying pressure with a spoon, transferred it to paper.” The blurred lines and ink smears from this imperfect process resulted in etchings, not unlike his photographs, filled with a hazy and mysterious atmosphere.

In the 2000s Buxbaum convinced Tichý that his work should be shown and organized an exhibit of his photography for the 2004 Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville, Spain. Since then Tichý’s work has been recognized worldwide and has had major retrospectives at the Kunsthaus in Zurich in 2005, the Pompidou Centre in 2008, and the International Center of Photography, New York in 2010. His work is now part of most major institutional and private collections.


Condition: Excellent. Archivally framed and matted with Museum Glass.

Price: $1,800.00

References: See video below and visit the The International Center of Photography's (ICP) website.