One of the most important contemporary American sculptors, Martin Puryear (b. 1941) has also made drawings throughout his career. Dating back to the Roman empire and popularized as a symbol of liberty during the French Revolution, the Phrygian cap was adopted in the 1790s by enslaved people struggling for their freedom in the Americas. Puryear explored the motif in several sculptures and works on paper. Here he heightened the dramatic effect of this powerful symbol by enlarging it to the full size of the plate and exploiting the tonal properties of aquatint to create a vivid, mottled background.
AP 8 from an edition of 50 with 12 artist proofs.