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Guy Malet

1900 - 1973

Olympia Circus by Guy Malet

Olympia Circus   c.1928

  Original drypoint.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
S 248 x 168 mm; P & I 202 x 151 mm
Extremely rare artist’s proof impression of this unpublished drypoint. Inscribed in pencil by the artist “Artist’s proof. Olympia Circus. Guy Malet”. The artist’s own exhibition proof.

Few of Guy Malet’s original drypoints were ever released in published editions. This highly stylised image of the circus at Olympia in London was made not long after Malet had joined Iain Macnab’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art in 1927. Guy Malet’s interest in the effects of spotlighting or strong daylight is apparent throughout his printed works.

Excellent trial proof impression printed with considerable pressure on heavy ‘plate’ paper of the sort which printmakers use in order to assess the exact progress of the work on the metal plate. With margins as prepared by the artist. Very good original condition.

Provenance: The studio of Guy Malet.