|The Feast of Pure Reason|
1970, etching, drypoint, mezzotint, & aquatint on paper
19.5 x 25.25 inches
Here Levine has referred back to one of his best-known paintings, "The Feast of Pure Reason" of 1937 (42 x 48 inches), done when he was 22 years of age. The familiar trio of policeman, politician and man of means, comfortably making their deals, is his reminder that youth's objection to hypocrisy in their elders did not begin with the protesters of the Sixties. The scene, executed on the plate as a faithful replica of the painting, appears in reverse on the print, a result of the printing process.