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Bruegel-Britannia, 1970

Walter Miller Askin

American, 1929
Five-color screen print
Sheet: 39-3/4 x 27-3/4 in. (101.0 x 70.5 cm); Image: 29-3/4 x 19-3/4 in. (75.6 x 50.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
P.1972.05
© 2008 Walter Askin

Not on view

Edition of 75, No. 66.

Pasadena native Walter Askin is known for his imaginative and satirical paintings, sculptures and graphic works. Askin's lithograph "Bruegel-Britannia" was partially named after his redrawing of Pieter Bruegel's sixteenth century etching, "The Alchemist," that appears in the center of the upper-half of the print. Askin was intrigued by the medieval concept of alchemy and was fascinated by Bruegel's complex, yet lively compositions. The second half of the title, Britannia, was the name of the street in London where the print studio that produced this work was located. The whimsical figures depicted throughout the composition represent the various characters Askin encountered during his visit to London in 1970.


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