Master Printmakers

Master Printmakers

1920-1940
Selections from the Collection
January 10, 2016 - July 3, 2016
Woodruff Works on Paper Gallery

  • Orindo Rancho
    etching
    Ernest Haskell
    1920
    Gift of Philip Harris Giddens.

  • Manhunt
    lithograph
    John Steuart Curry
    1934
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Shorter by exchange and Museum purchase.

  • Moonlight
    lithograph
    Helen Greene Blumenschein
    1939
    Museum purchase.

  • Quarter of Nine, Saturday's Children
    drypoint on paper
    Martin Lewis
    1929
    Museum purchase.

  • Firewood in Georgia
    wood engraving
    Clare Leighton
    1930s
    Museum purchase.

The years following World War I through the Great Depression saw a flowering of printmaking in America as artists explored the richness of the medium in unprecedented numbers. Etchings, lithographs, and wood engravings by 17 leading printmakers of the time will be on view in the Woodruff Works on Paper Gallery beginning January 10. Their work, largely figurative in style, examined and often celebrated the many dimensions of American life. The exhibition will present depictions of urban life, small town and rural life, landscapes, architecture, and portraits. Prints by Thomas Hart Benton, Martin Lewis, Lamar Baker, Louis Lozowick, Kalman Kubinyi, Isabel Bishop John Taylor Arms, Helen Greene Blumenschein, and John Sloan are among those that will be on view. During the period, the development of print subscription organizations such as the Associated American Artists (founded 1934) and the Print Club of Cleveland (founded 1919), as well as the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration, made it possible not only for artists to support themselves through the sale of prints, but also for middle-class Americans to collect original works of art at affordable prices, factors that contributed to making the interwar years one of the nation’s greatest periods of printmaking.

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