This very large and deeply impressed etching is titled "Place Dauphine a Paris", and signed on the bottom right below the impression. On the left next to the title is "A.L. II/XII (two out of 12 impressions)and I'm not sure what the "A.L." indicates...and although there is no date on this etching, it is most likely in the mid 1960's period as are the others I have listed.
The size is approx.25"wide x 19"tall, and in excellent condition..uncut and no mat or frame. Printed upon thick hand-made, laid paper and with full, deckled margins. The addition of a pale blue aquatint to this etching adds a new dimension to the typical white, black and Red of his other works.
This is a fine example of his work at that period. The deep etching or pressing of the paper in his "architectural" etchings creates a very three dimensional effect...with a highly sculptural feeling. (My photos do not do justice to this etching unfortunately)
Micossi was born in 1922 in the town of Argenta, just north of Venice. He studied art at the Udine Lyceum before completing his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1946. He moved to New York and worked there until 1955...working as an illustrator for "The New Yorker" and "Saturday Review".
Examples of his etchings are in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, the Albertina in Venice, the Stockholm National Museum, the Stutttgart Staatsgalerie, the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
A good clean example... A nice addition to your "Moderne" art collection!!
**Please see the other etchings I have listed by Mario Micossi (all of them are Artist's Proofs!!).***