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Test for “Victory: The Celebration” by Robert Levers

Test for “Victory: The Celebration” by Robert Levers

Flatbed Press and Gallery

Soft Ground


Edition Size: 20

Image Size: 20 x 16 inches

Sheet Size: 30 x 22 inches


Condition: Pristine

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Robert Levers created the “Test for Victory the Celebration” plate in 1991 in preparation for his large soft-ground etching of the same title.  Levers was testing a new liquid soft ground with a variety of drawing tools that are labeled in the print.  They read in reverse, since he wrote directly to the paper over the grounded plate.

Levers died in 1992 soon after signing the edition for “Victory the Celebration.”  In 2018, his widow, Mary Lou Levers and Flatbed revisited the beautiful test plate created in 1991 and decided to print a small post-mortum.edition of 20 from it.  Mary Lou signed the  prints “Levers/MLL” under lower right corner of image.

She titled the print “Test for ‘Victory: The Celebration.’ ”  It was printed as a chine colé using Japanese Okawara paper.



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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