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Sybil in her Dressing Room from “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Jim Dine

Petersburg Press

Color Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: Signed proof aside from Edition B (edition 200) and Edition C (edition 100)

Image Size: 10 × 9.4 inches

Sheet Size: 17.5 × 12.25 inches

Reference: Jim Dine: Complete Graphics with essay by John Russell, Galerie Mikro Berlin Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover Petersburg Press London 1970, 47e


Condition: Excellent

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Etching by Jim Dine from one of his most important artist’s books – completely designed and illustrated by Dine. Signed proof aside from Edition B (edition 200) and Edition C (edition 100). Signed by the artist lower right in pencil.

Pictured in this Jim Dine etching is Sybil Vane, the innocent yet glamorous actress and object of Dorian Gray’s affection and obsession in Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The blonde woman is drawn in sheer white lingerie against a yellow wash of color. Fine black hatching traces the edge of her garments and delineates the highlights on her hair and body.

Dine was working on the sets and costumes for a stage version of Oscar Wilde’s famed novel, and when the play did not come to fruition, Petersburg Press proposed that he make a book using his annotated typescript of the play. Dine then drew 12 lithographs illustrating his costume and set designs which are included in the book and an additional 4 etchings, separate from the book, which are included loose in Editions A and C. Dine would go on to be a frequent Petersburg Press collaborator.

A copy of this print is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Maryland; Fogg Museum, Cambridge; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

The book is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; MoMA, New York; Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin


The Artist

Jim Dine

Jim Dine is an American pop artist who was born in Ohio in 1935 and was known for his painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking. He is considered to be a part of the Neo-Dada movement, a style that opposed the emotional expressions of Abstract Impressionism and instead, denies aesthetics by using mundane subjects and focusing on performance. Dine was first recognised by the art industry when he displayed ‘Happenings’ a type of performance art in collaboration with the musician John Cage. In 1959, it was exhibited over six days in an environment or installation in New York City’s Reuben Gallery, where features of light, sound, projects and viewer participation all played a part in the display.

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