Massouras, Alex (b.1981), 'The Triumph of Wealth', Etching, 2011

'The Triumph of Wealth', Etching, 2011

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Signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. Printed by the artist at London Print Studio.

Artistís Statement

Initially inspired by Hans Holbeinís long lost Triumphs of Riches and Poverty, these triumphs are an old pairing. Their contrast has long been complicated by the appearance of both virtues and vices in each triumph. In their Renaissance iterations, they are fairly moral and didactic, but the way they were annotated and labeled reminded me of later, more satirical, prints. The major alteration in my triumphs is spatial: Wealth becomes circular, so riches beget riches, and Poverty is halted by an enclosed space. I also added dozing intercessors between the main body of the etchings and the script below to suggest an internal or conceptual aspect to wealth and poverty.

Also available in the Contra Portfolio of eight prints in custom solander box.

Plate/Image Size 20.8 x 29.8 cm
Paper Size 42 x 59.4 cm

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