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Victory the Celebration by Robert Levers

Victory the Celebration by Robert Levers

Flatbed Press and Gallery


Soft Ground


Edition Size: 15

Image Size: 36 x 48 inches

Sheet Size: 42 1/4 x 53 inches

Reference: Flatbed Press at 25


Condition: Pristine

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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.



The Artist

Robert Levers

LEVERS, ROBERT L., JR. (1930–1992). Robert L. Levers, Jr., painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born on April 11, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Gertrude (Burrow) and Robert L. Levers, Sr. He earned a B.F.A. in 1952 and an M.F.A. in 1961, both from Yale University. He began his career as a teacher at Whitney Art School in New Haven, Connecticut, worked at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in New York in the early 1950s, then served in the United States Navy as a gunnery officer until 1957. He taught at Yale for one year before accepting an appointment in the University of Texas art department in 1961. There he taught painting and drawing courses and won teaching-excellence awards in 1963 and 1984. Among his students were such talented artists as Luis Jiménez, Chuck Cooper, Millie Wilson, Carol Ivey, Phillip Wade, Cole Welter, and Judy Maxwell.

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