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Thought this would be fun to post. I've finally found myself with a bit of free time after the holidays and have been hanging on to this for years. I finally scanned an advertisement from Architectural Digest January 1983 which offers the Cystisus (AKA Architectural Digest) print for sale. It is interesting to see the published price of the signed and unsigned states of this print at the time of it's release date around June of 1982.
In my opinion this is not Nagel's strongest work. This may have been directed at the request of Architectural Digest to conform to their aesthetic and non-figurative choice of a graphic offering. I'm not positive but I believe this may have been a substitute for an earlier submission featuring a classically rendered and somewhat androgynous profile of a woman with a Grecian column in the background providing an architectural element in true Nagel fashion. Either way I'm sure Cytisus would not have left Nagel's drafting table without his approval so in the end the image seen is undeniably a Nagel in every respect. All the elements are there in the clean lines and shadows. On the popularity scale of graphics this seems to fall behind the Stanley Fimberg Enterprises print . Another interesting point to note is the higher edition count of 350 s/n at $180 and 1200 sis at $45 (up from the typical 250 / 1000 at the time) and the price which seemed to be a fair price at the time. Taking the higher count in to consideration I personally have rarely come across a signed/numbered copy of this print. I might be looking in the wrong places or collectors are holding on to their purchases.
One thing I absolutely agree with as Architectural Digest states "Combining sophisticated design and technical brilliance, Patrick Nagel has become one of America's most respected and well-known artists." And its safe to say he has made a mark with his exceptional style around the world.