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Print - Ceremonial Jig-Saw

Ceremonial Jig-Saw

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Feldman, Franklin (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching with aquatint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 227

Franklin Feldman has enjoyed dual careers as a lawyer and as an artist specialising in printmaking. His prints have won recognition in international exhibitions, and are in a number of public collections in the USA. His own life and experience - and his Jewish heritage and culture - are the recurrent themes of his work.

'Ceremonial Jig Saw' (1972) is one of a number of images in which Feldman has adapted a wedding photograph. The fragmentation of the image is ambiguous - does it represent the piecing together of a new family as the couple come together in marriage or does it predict (or record?) a breakdown and separation? The use of rich colours and the black lines delineating the spaces between the fragments also suggest stained glass - making of the subject something precious, and underscoring the idea of marriage as a religious ceremony.

Physical description

Portrait format print of a bride and groom; the image is repsresented as if fragmented, with black lines demarcating separate areas.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1972 (made)


Feldman, Franklin (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching with aquatint

Marks and inscriptions

'A/P Ceremonial Jig-Saw'
inscribed in pencil below the image; and with signature


Height: 38.1 cm sheet, Width: 28.4 cm sheet, Height: 25.4 cm plate, Width: 16.5 cm plate

Descriptive line

Print,'Ceremonial Jig-Saw', portrait format print of a bride and groom, etching with aquatint by Franklin Feldman, United States, 1972.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Franklin Feldman: Selected Graphic Work 1958-2004with essays by Janis Conner and Kathy Caraccio. Indian Mountain Press, 2005. (illus. p.13)


Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted

Jigsaw; Groom; Wedding; Bride


Marriage; Prints

Production Type

Artist's proof


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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