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“Victory: The Celebration” is a soft-ground etching and drypoint that would be the last printmaking project before Levers’ death in 1992. This dark and satirical image was created in the wake of Operation Desert Storm and depicts three uniformed skeletal figures facing a uniformed man, with each figure attached to puppet strings. The three skeletons on the left are being led by the figure on the right, a bandmaster in this musical “celebration”. Distant smoke from oil well fires can be seen behind the figures. Levers labored considerably during the print production, proofing extensively and working with Flatbed’s Katherine Brimberry in developing the sizeable 36-by-48-inch plate. “Victory: The Celebration” combines Levers’ dark social critique with his playful humor. This poignant juxtaposition combined with Levers’ exceptional artistry creates a deeply impactful image that is considered one of Levers’ most iconic works.
A numbered Hors Commerce impression is available which matches the quality of the edition.