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Object Name Woodcut
Title Orestes and Electra Meet Before the Grave of Agamemnon
Artist Larkin, Eugene
Date 1954
Medium woodblock on paper
Signature "Eugene Larkin"
Signature Location lower right
Makers inscription along bottom, in graphite, "Orestes and Electra Meet Before the Grave of Agamemnon 31/35 Eugene Larkin"
Provenance Walker Art Center
Credit line Museum purchase
Accession Number G.1961.58
On view: yes
Label information This abstract image represents a scene from the Oresteia, a three-part drama about the House of Atreus. The plot reads like a soap opera: King Agamemnon had sacrificed his oldest daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis in order to obtain military success in the Trojan War. Upon Agamemnon's return from battle, his wife, Clytemnestra, murdered him in revenge for their eldest child's death. Their only son, Orestes, who had been living in exile, here reunites with his younger sister Electra at the tomb of their patriarch in order to avenge his untimely demise. The cycle of plays draws attention to several themes, including crime and punishment, responsibility versus guilt, and revenge in contrast to justice. The Oresteia triology, written by Aeschylus, considered the "father of Greek tragedy," was first performed in 458 BCE. With this print Larkin participated in the renewed interest in archetypes and myths in the middle of the 20th century.
Search Terms Horse
Death
Subjects Print
Mythology
Literature
Animals
Family