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Sevenoaks, UK

PRATT CONTEMPORARY is a fine art printing and publishing studio situated twenty-eight miles south of central London. Founded in 1977 the studio has evolved through a multitude of different activities including sculpture, painting and drawing. The Studio continues to collaborate with artists, presenting exhibitions of their work in the UK and overseas.

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The Poets (Georg Trakl I), detail. Marcus Rees Roberts

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For the IFPDA Fair Fall 2021 Online Edition we are focusing on a recently-completed portfolio of twenty drypoints by Marcus Rees Roberts – 'The Poets'.

Recently, when Rees Roberts was reading the verse that Giuseppe Ungaretti wrote during the First World War, he was struck by its conversational simplicity. He then explored the work of other Italian and German poets of the same generation.

The British verse of the First World War, with a few exceptions, is formally conservative in terms of the regular verses, rhymes, and scansion. What the Italians and Germans were writing at the same time is so different that it is conceivable that the British might not have regarded it as poetry at all. The language is compressed; the rhythms are angular and awkward; thoughts are disconnected. The verse of the Germans, with Expressionism still new, is violent, passionate, fragmented. That of the Italians is distilled and enigmatic. Both share a sense of dislocation, of never quite belonging, of the poet finding himself in a world which is godforsaken.

All the poets in this series of drypoints are more or less contemporaries. Although two – Paul Celan and Giorgio Caproni - were born slightly later, their verse fits very well with the others.

Rees Roberts did not want to make portraits of the poets (apart from Georg Trakl), nor did he want to illustrate lines from the poems. These are prints that stand alone, inspired by the verse, but not of it.

Susan Pratt | Director, Pratt Contemporary

Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (Georg Trakl I)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

2- Plate Drypoint

One of twenty drypoints printed in black and sepia on Somerset Velvet soft white 300 gsm.
Full portfolio sets are presented with a new Artist’s Book: ‘Each One Next to His Shadow’.

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Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (Georg Trakl II)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

2- Plate Drypoint

One of twenty drypoints printed in black and sepia on Somerset Velvet soft white 300 gsm.
Full portfolio sets are presented with a new Artist’s Book: ‘Each One Next to His Shadow’.

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Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (August Stramm I)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

2- Plate Drypoint

One of twenty drypoints printed in black and sepia on Somerset Velvet soft white 300 gsm.
Full portfolio sets are presented with a new Artist’s Book: ‘Each One Next to His Shadow’.

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Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (August Stramm II)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

2- Plate Drypoint

One of twenty drypoints printed in black and sepia on Somerset Velvet soft white 300 gsm.
Full portfolio sets are presented with a new Artist’s Book: ‘Each One Next to His Shadow’.

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Marcus Rees Roberts, The Poets (work in progress)

Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (Giuseppe Ungaretti I)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

Drypoint

One of twenty drypoints printed in black and sepia on Somerset Velvet soft white 300 gsm.
Full portfolio sets are presented with a new Artist’s Book: ‘Each One Next to His Shadow’.

8

Marcus Rees Roberts, The Poets (work in progress)

Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (Giuseppe Ungaretti II)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

Drypoint

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Marcus Rees Roberts

The Poets (Umberto Saba I)

2021

37.5 x 45 cm

Drypoint

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