The Dancing Bear. 1965. 11 3/16x13 5/8. Deep-bite etching in color.

The most elaborate and graphically complex of Wright's etchings, this image is the culmination of the "Dancing Fools" series. This print was inspired by a remark of Rudolf Nureyev, who referred to himself as "just a dancing bear." The artist interpreted the dancing bear as a symbol of mankind and the musicians as the forces of nature which control human destiny. The image is an allegory of changing times: the destruction of the old world and the emergence of the new. The ruined buildings are a composite of London during the blitz of 1940. Signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. Edition of 60.


The Artist cleaning the plate.The plate.The famous bust of Augustus was used for the head of the drummer boy.A photo of the ruins of London.
The photograph from National Geographic which served as inspiration for the print.

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