Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad (signed in print)
Print: Offset lithography (print by Permild & Rosengreen)
Dimensions: 19.7 x 27.6 in (50 x 70 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - very light handling signs, a tiny tear in the top and a little spot in the lower left area - please see pictures
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A stunning piece of art by Wiinblad displaying the goddess of Iris also know as the messenger goddess (along with Mercury) and goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology. She was a very popular image for vase painting in the ancient world because she was imagined to be a beautiful and colorful goddess.
Iris was the one (along with Thetis, Achilles' mother) who was send to Troy by the gods after Achilles had driven some times around Troy with Hector's Body, to persuade him to let King Priam come and receive the body of his son against a ransom.
This poster is accurately a mask sketch for a theater performance. Wiinblad designed many decorations and costumes for both revues, plays, ballets and this poster is the sketch for goddess Iris' mask in the Shakespeare performance "The Tempest". The play was set up in Dallas Theater Center in Texas from 1965–1966.
The craft of Wiinblad is often colorful, lush and full of humor. He was inspired by the sumptuous oriental style far from the Nordic stylish line. This artwork is differently true to his special line.
The views on his works are to this day very divided, but interest in his finer things are unrelenting - especially abroad (particularly the U.S., Japan, Germany and Norway). Bjørn Wiinblad's contemporaries were not exactly inclined to acknowledge his way to work, so his position as an artist has been a bit special.
Globally, Bjørn Wiinblad is one of the very best selling Danish artists. He is (among other museums) represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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