Donald Baechler

“Onion Eater III” Neutral Toned Surreal Contemporary Abstract Silkscreen 1991



Silkscreen, Mulberry paper


Surreal contemporary silkscreen on Korean Kozo paper of a man next to a floating onion by New York artist Donald Baechler. Part of a series of works incorporating male portraits and onions, this piece incorporates line drawings of a pitcher and a ship. Along the left side of the composition a small quote can be found stating: "Hell is paved with good intentions." Signed, titled, dated, and editioned 36/50 in front lower right corner. Currently hung in a simple black floating frame.

Artist Biography

Donald Baechler, born 1956, was a member of the East Village art scene in 1980s New York and is known for his painting-collage-drawing works depicting of childhood imagery and nostalgic ephemera like grammar school primers, old maps, and children’s drawings, or purposely cliché motifs such as a skull, a rose, a globe, and a soccer ball. Although critics have suggested that Baechler’s work, reminiscent of Jean Dubuffet, is a critique of innocence and sincerity, Baechler sees himself as an abstract artist whose concerns are primarily formal, rooted in line, shape, color, and composition.

Dimensions With Frame

H 34.25 in. x W 34.25 in. x D 1.38 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 29.63 in. x W 29.63 in.