Francesco Clemente

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This aquatint etching by Italian painter Francesco Clemente was created on the occasion of his 2004 major exhibition at IMMA. Celtic spirals, as referenced in the title, disrupt the double portrait. The dual figures perhaps suggest an awareness of the fragmentation of self and this exploration is of continued interest to the artist.


Born in Naples in 1952, Francesco Clemente moved to Rome in 1970 to study architecture, but soon turned instead to drawing and poetry. In 1975 he had solo exhibitions in Brescia, Milan and Turin and a group show in Rome. At the Venice Biennale in 1980, Clemente commanded the attention of an international audience and following this event he went on to play an influential part in the international revival of Expressionism in the 1970s. Numerous exhibitions followed, including the Whitechapel, London, (1983); the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, (1984); the Fundacion Caja, Madrid, (1987); the Sezon Museum, Tokyo, (1994) and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, (1997)

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Celtic Self-Portrait, 2003

  • Aquatint etching
  • Sheet size: 46.5 x 70.5 cm
  • Image size: 25 x 50 cm
  • Signed and numbered by artist
  • Edition of 50

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