© Barry Moser. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
“Let me kiss your mouth”
Date: 2011
Medium: Wood engraving
Dimensions: composition: 5 3/8 × 4 5/8 in. (13.7 × 11.7 cm) sheet: 9 3/8 × 6 in. (23.8 × 15.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: Salomé: A Tragedy in One Act by Oscar Wilde, translated by Joseph Donohue (University of Virginia Press 2011)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2015
Object Number: 2015-5.13
About: Salomé’s aggressive sexual advance is painfully endured by Iokanaan. The stark disparity of character is further emphasized by their placement on white and black backgrounds. Moser’s facility for exploiting the full tonal range of the medium is patent in this powerful emotional scene.
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