Jasper Johns. Flag I. 1960

Jasper Johns

Flag I


composition: 17 1/2 x 26 3/4" (44.5 x 67.9 cm); sheet: 22 1/4 x 30" (56.5 x 76.2 cm)
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Armand P. Bartos
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© 2018 Jasper Johns and U.L.A.E. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Jasper Johns has 355 works  online.
There are 21,554 prints online.

Johns has made dozens of interpretations of the American flag—in painting, drawing, metal relief, and printmaking. Flag I is his first printed rendering. He drew the image with broad strokes in the liquid medium of tusche, which accounts for the loose, fluid quality of the composition and its nearly unrecognizable form. Printed in rich black ink, this version exudes a somber, even morbid, tone.

Gallery label from Artistic Collaborations: 50 Years at Universal Limited Art Editions, January 17–May 21, 2007

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