Search Sitemap Return To Home Page Return To Home Page

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI- Image History

In the early 1970s, I visited the Frick Museum in New York City and saw Giovanni Bellini's 15th century masterpiece, St. Francis in Ecstasy. I was inspired by the artwork and created many small sketches and drawings. Through the 1970s and into the early 1980s, I made many paintings of St Francis in nature. From June, 1985 to August, 1985, I printed a limited edition, six-color lithograph at Efram Wolff Studio, FRANCIS OF ASSISI. Many years later, in 1999, I reexamined the pastel colored lithograph, and decided to further refine the artwork. Using one of the lithograph prints as an underpainting, I painted on top of the work adding more colors and details. The artwork became one of my most elaborate paintings.

The painting was later purchased by Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and is on public display at the university. I still wanted to make the artwork available for more people to enjoy, and I wanted to further refine the work. In May of 2019, I began to gather materials; photos of the painting and scans of the lithograph, in order to create a new giclee based on the earlier artwork. From May through September, patterns from the 1985 lithograph were combined with details from the 1999 painting, as well as with new drawings. The colors were also further intensified and enhanced, and line-work was refined. In consideration of all the reimagining, reworking, and time it took me, I feel I have given my best to this artwork. The new FRANCIS OF ASSISI was approved on September 25, 2019, and became available on October 4, 2019 - The Feast of St Francis.

Below, you may view some of the history which led up to the 2019 FRANCIS OF ASSISI giclee.

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Preparing and Printing
Lithograph
1985

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lithograph to Giclee
1985-2019

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Details of The Canticle
Lithograph to Giclee
1985-2019

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Details of Francis and the Birds
Lithograph to Giclee
1985-2019

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Details of Francis Listens to the Fish
Lithograph to Giclee
1985-2019

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Details of Francis and the Wolf
Lithograph to Giclee
1985-2019

 

 

 

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Related
Francis
Artworks

FRANCIS OF ASSISI Main Page |  Artwork Details | Print an Order Form

 

Copyright © 2015 John August Swanson
Powered by ChurchWerks