Prelude to Autumn, by Betye Saar, 1962

Betye Saar Prelude to Autumn, 1962

Medium: Color etching, Artist Proof
Dimensions: 30 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. (78.4 x 53 cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Alvin and Jeffalyn Johnson. Photo by Ed Glendinning

Prelude to Autumn presents a montage of organic shapes that reference trees, leaves, and plant life. Curvilinear shapes are concentrated at the bottom of the print, crawl the length of the paper, and disperse at the top. The etching is from an early body of work in which Saar experimented with texture, layers, and color, all important elements of her later assemblage and sculptural works.

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"Prelude to Autumn." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.