A Jerry Garcia signed variant printer's proof print titled "Wetlands I," 1990s

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Lot 48
A Jerry Garcia signed variant printer's proof print titled "Wetlands I," 1990s

Sold for US$ 7,800 inc. premium
A Jerry Garcia signed variant printer's proof print titled "Wetlands I," 1990s
Depicting a gouache painting of a marsh; pencilled annotations on the lower margin read "P/P [Printer's Proof] Wetlands I;" signed in pencil on the lower right-side "J. Garcia."
Matted and Framed 29 x 33in; Print Only: 21 x 25in

Footnotes

  • This variant of "Wetlands I" is the first piece that encouraged Jerry Garcia to market his artwork. This actual piece is a printer's proof, one that was done to test the ink saturation. Normally these were not sold to the public, but this one was given to the current owner by Nora, the proprietor of The Art Peddler in Marin County, California who handled Garcia's first marketed artwork. This is the only known copy of "Wetlands I" where the light-red saturation makes the red hues almost invisible. After seeing this piece, Garcia decided he wanted more red in the image so all future "Wetlands I" prints displayed a red band across the yellowish sky - that version being the one offered to the public (showing a rich red hue that almost made it look like a sunset).
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