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Aquatint etching on wove paper. Signed by the artist, dated 1989, and numbered lower right in pencil. Published by Parasol Press.
A nude figure bends down to touch the grass, which blooms across the composition in soft clouds of green. This idyllic landscape is one of four beach scenes by Eric Fischl. Behind the figure, a dog trots, idly regarding the youth. Fischl creates sexual tension by obscuring the gender of the subject, leaving the viewer to imagine the unobscured view from behind.
The impression of two etching plates evokes a pair of snapshots – incorporating the viewer into the role of voyeur. Fischl’s painterly marks display the transparency and fluidity of a watercolor painting, yet the artist’s command of light and shadow lend this dream-like scene surprising realism. Printed in dark and light green, brown, beige, yellow and black, this print is a superlative example of Eric Fischl’s sexually charged, disquieting scenes of everyday American life and leisure.