Jim Dine prints – A lithograph in colours, signed, dated 1969 and
inscribed ‘A/P’ (Artists proof) lower centre, dedicated ‘for
Hercules, London 1969, J.D.’ lower right
Purchased from the estate of the film producer Hercules Bellville
A very rare artists proof of Jim Dine’s Scissors and Rainbow print.
Scissors and Rainbow was proofed as an edition of six, the edition was originally intended to be the size of this proof. However, the edition was inadvertently burned on a hot plate in a hotel room in New York City. Dine had the burned bottom portions cut off and hand coloured the six prints to balance the change in dimension. source: Jim Dine Prints: 1970-1977 Copyright © 1977 by the president of the Trustees of Williams College
Our Artists proof has some staining and discolouration to the lower edge. Its not certain but perhaps this was the “burn” that was cut away from the final editioned print?
Hercules Bellville (June 18, 1939 – February 21, 2009) was an American film producer & friend of Jim Dine. Working with Jeremy Thomas at London’s Recorded Picture Company for much of his later career, he was an associate producer on The Dreamers and Sexy Beast, and the co-producer of Blood and Wine. Formerly Bellville acted as Roman Polanski‘s assistant director on many films, working with the director in a creative capacity for over a decade. Bellville was an associate producer on Polanski’sThe Tenant, and it is his hands that come through the wall to menace Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion.