Composition #4 by Thomas Arthur Robertson

Composition #4 by Thomas Arthur Robertson

Composition #4

Thomas Arthur Robertson

Title

Composition #4

 
Artist
Year
c 1940 
Technique
color serigraph (sreenprint) 
Image Size
10 1/2 x 7" image 
Signature
pencil. lower right 
Edition Size
47 
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned "ed/47"in lower margin 
Reference
 
Paper
buff wove Albion 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
12149 
Price
$900.00 
Description

A fine example of Robertson's abstract work he was doing in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1940 after returning from New Orleans in 1937. At the time he was one of only a few abstract artists working in Arkansas.

Thomas Robertson's printmaking techniques are discussed on pages 148 - 149 in A Spectrum of Innovation - Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960.' by David Acton, 1990, Worcester Art Museum.

Acton writes:"Robertson looked to Native American art for decorative motifs that bore no recognizable meaning. He derived the arcs, floating circles, serpentine slashes and meandering lines of his designs of the 1940's from the decoration of pottery made by the ancient Caddoan Indians of southwestern Arkansas."