Printmaker Mauricio Lasansky recently passed away at age 97. Lasansky, an Argentine native who spent the final 69 years of his life in New York and Iowa is perhaps best known for his series the Nazi Drawings that he did in response to a US Military documentary showing the victims and aftermath of Nazi atrocities. The thirty pieces and triptych took him six years to complete during the early sixties. In 1967, The Nazi Drawings, along with shows by Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth, were the first exhibits at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
The New York Times writes in his obituary that,
As a printmaker, Mr. Lasansky was known for the grand scale of his images (some approach 4 feet by 8 feet), his vivid color and the complex layering of multiple techniques — including engraving, etching, drypoint, electric stippling and aquatint — in a single work.
His largest prints comprised as many as 60 discrete plates, each contributing a section of the image, and required many trips through the press. He used specially milled paper, made in France from a recipe he devised, that could withstand the repeated stress his methods entailed.