Evening, Swan Lake, Central Park, New York by Henry Wolf

Evening, Swan Lake, Central Park, New York by Henry Wolf

Evening, Swan Lake, Central Park, New York

Henry Wolf

Title

Evening, Swan Lake, Central Park, New York

 
Artist

Henry Wolf

  1852 - 1916 (biography)
Year
1912  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
6 3/8 x 8 1/2"  
Signature
pencil, lower left; in block, lower left image 
Edition Size
proof, edition not noted 
Annotations
fecit, 1912, in pencil and in block, lower left. 
Reference
Panama Pacific International Exhibition 331. 
Paper
fine tissue 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
10044 
Price
$600.00 
Description

Henry Wolf won the Grand Prize for printmaking at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. One of the last of the great reproductive wood engravers, he exhibited 144 wood engravings. A few of these were his own compositions, such as "Evening, Swan Lake, Central Park, New York." This is the actual impression exhibited.

The Pond in Central Park was once known for two different kinds of swans: both real and in boat form. These swan boats were a highly popular feature of the Pond from the 1870s through the 1920s, when the boats were removed. Today, the curved pond, though no longer home to swan boats, is home to ducks, geese, and other waterfowl.

Wolf depicts he Gapstow Bridge, seen here at night with a full moon. It is also called the "Vine Bridge." It is a remarkable example of his skill as an artist and as a technician.