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Solis, Virgil, Four Acrobats and a Monkey (from a series of four drinking scenes)

Solis Gravure Signé, Four Acrobats and a Monkey (from a series of four drinking scenes) Virgil Solis Gravure, Four Acrobats and a Monkey (from a series of four drinking scenes)
Artiste: Solis, Virgil (1514 - 1562)
Titre: Four Acrobats and a Monkey (from a series of four drinking scenes)
Référence: B. 257 (275)
Taille d'image: 3 5/16 in x 2 in (8.4 cm x 5 cm)
Taille de feuille: 3 7/8 in x 2 9/16 in (9.8 cm x 6.5 cm)
Taille encadrée: approx. 13 7/8 in x 12 9/16 in (35.2 cm x 31.9 cm)
Signé: This work is monogrammed in the plate with Virgil Solis' initials 'VS' in the upper left.
Condition: This work is in good condition with wide margins.
Article# 3785
Description historique:
Four tipsy acrobats playfully flip about in this scene of drunken camaraderie. One acrobat hangs upside down from a pole to the upper left, gripping can of alcohol, while his friend flips over backwards and stands on all fours. An acrobat performing a handstand rests in the middle of the composition while another balances on circular discs, his face turned downwards. Perhaps the most unusual figure in this comical work is the monkey, who sits on the table guzzling down a drink, the large container of alcohol to his right. These mischievous characters relay a sense of carefree fun, inviting the viewer to enjoy their besotted stunts.

This work is monogrammed in the plate with Virgil Solis' initials 'VS' in the upper left.


1. Bartsch (1980). The Illustrated Bartsch Volume 19 (Part One): Virgil Solis: Intaglio Prints and Woodcuts. Edited by Jane S. Peters. Abaris Books: New York. Listed as catalogue no. 257 (275) on pg. 123.

About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Virgil Solis biographie

Virgil SolisVirgil Solis (1514 - 1562)

Born in Nuremberg 1514, Solis (Nuremberg 1514 – Nuremberg 1562) was a member of a prolific family of German artists. His origins and training are unclear, but he became a draughtsman and printmaker in engraving, etching, and woodcut by 1539 and often signed himself as a painter, but no evidence of that career exists. 

Solis' early drawing style employed strong outlines and simple hatching and he aimed to produce popular, commercially successful prints on many subjects. The most notable aspect of Solis' work is his skillful absorption and re-interpretation of other artist's styles, particularly Albrecht Dürer, Peter Flötner, Sebald Beham and many others of French, German, and Italian origin. Solis' woodcuts illustrating Ovid were especially influential, though partly borrowing from earlier illustrations by the French artist Bernard Salomon.

Solis also disseminated contemporary ornamental forms to artisans, who often used his prints as models for furniture decoration, architectural friezes, pitchers, bowls, sword scabbards, and jewelry. His mixtures of animal and vegetable forms on drinking vessel designs helped to break many goldsmiths' strict adherence to classical motifs. Solis' monogram signature came to mean only that prints originated in his workshop, rather than identifying his own designs. 

*Biographical information was obtained from The Getty: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artMakerDetails?maker=259 Photo: http://media.vam.ac.uk/media/thira/collection_images/2006AT/2006AT6571_jpg_ds.jpg

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