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Fourth Stone

A work made of lithograph from two stones in black ink on ivory wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph from two stones in black ink on ivory wove paper.




Lee Bontecou (American, 1931-2022)
printed by Zigmunds Priede
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

Fourth Stone is related to a group of relief sculptures from the early 1960s in which Bontecou inserted serrated saw blades or metal bars into her signature holes. These blades and bars conjure isolated, floating mouths of razor-sharp teeth or prison cell windows. She also began to use horizontal stripes, reminiscent of prisoners’ uniforms. The effect is claustrophobic and threatening. Fear and violence often go hand-in-hand with wonder and the sublime for Bontecou, who once wrote that in her work she wanted to “glimpse some of the fear, hope, ugliness, beauty, and mystery that exists in all of us.”


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Lee Bontecou


Fourth Stone


United States (Artist's nationality)




Lithograph from two stones in black ink on ivory wove paper


Image: 95.5 × 71.3 cm (37 5/8 × 28 1/8 in.); Sheet: 105 × 75 cm (41 3/8 × 29 9/16 in.)

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U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

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