About the Artist:
Born in 1928, Abraham Palatnik is a Brazilian artist and inventor of Russian and Jewish descent, whose innovative techniques include kinechromatic art. This is a form of art in which the image, particularly in reference to the color perceived by the viewer, changes due to some form of movement.
The term "kinechromatic" was coined in 1951 by Mario Pedrosa in an article in Tribuna da Imprensa to refer to the works of Abraham Palatnik, who initially created electro-mechanical devices, based on the kaleidoscopic principle, which projected a constantly changing pattern of colored light on a screen. Later devices exposed colored moving parts of the machinery. In all cases, the shape and color observed were changed by the devices for a stationary observer. Frank Popper, the eminent art historian, among others, commented on Palatnik’s “luminous mobiles” and their aesthetic of motion.
From the late 1950s comes this Pop Art acrylic duck sculpture on a wooden oval base created by Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik. Made from clear Lucite with multicolored internal decoration of lines and dots, this little sculpture is a stunning piece of home décor. The duck is signed “Pal” near its tail.
For those unfamiliar with the material, Lucite is the “queen of diversity,” appearing in many forms, colors and styles in jewelry from the 1940s to today, although it was most popular during the 1940s and 50s. Lucite is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic (Bakelite is another, although Bakelite is a phenol formaldehyde resin). A brief aside here to clear up a point: the term “thermoset” does not refer to a specific form or style of plastic; it is a broad-based term referring to any plastic that, once heated and formed, cannot be melted a second time and reformed. Although clear in its original state, as with this reverse-carved roses brooch, Lucite can be tinted virtually any color, in ranges from transparent to opaque, with a few interesting variations along the way.
This Lucite duck sculpture is in excellent vintage condition with no chips or cracks and a smooth, shiny surface. The wooden base upon which the sculpture sits is also in great condition.
This delightful multicolored duck sculpture would make for a charming housewarming gift or one for a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary or holiday. For those who collect Mid-Century Lucite art pieces, this superb sculpture will add value to such collections.