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Marvin Hayes Biblical Copperplate Etching "Death of Absalom", 1976

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Marvin Everett Hayes (American, born 1939)
Death of Absalom, 1976
Copperplate etching on Arches paper
Signed to the lower right margin
Numbered 26 of 100
Pulled from The Biblical Etchings of Marvin Hayes
Published by Oxmoor House, Inc., Birmingham
Printed by Emiliano Sorini (Italian-American, born 1931)
Title inscribed to the lower center margin
Printer’s blind stamp to the lower right corner of paper

Born in 1939, Marvin Everett Hayes is an award-winning American painter, printmaker, and illustrator. Hayes is perhaps best known for his corporate illustration work, for which he was published in numerous national publications such as Esquire, Time, and Playboy. However, his greatest artistic achievement is widely considered to be God’s Images, a series of 53 copperplate etchings depicting biblical events and themes for which he collaborated with the novelist and poet James Dickey. Artwork by Marvin Hayes has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and also belongs in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.


- light toning and particulates to print and paper; minor wear to the edges of paper.


15.0" W x 22.25" H x 0.1" D

- measurements of sheet; plate measures 10.5" W x 12.0" H.

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