nicholas nicola etchings


 Backgammon

 

                                                  

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                       ‘Backgammon.’

                                          (After Matisse) etching.

                                           B&W. 3” X 4”. zinc plate.

 

 

This work was originally made as a birthday present for a guy who likes to play backgammon  - as I do -and thus I simply chose to copy a small, delightful sketch by Matisse of two figures who in his work are actually playing draughts. I like the fact that the two figures are wearing caps which brings up the suggestion that they may be sailors - re: travellers - as it is a game I have often leisurely enjoyed playing while ‘on the road.’

 

               

                 Backgammon players on side of wooden Cypriot backgammon case; obtained by the artist in Cyprus. 1982.

 

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