Silent Night by Ronau William Woiceske

Silent Night by Ronau William Woiceske

Silent Night

Ronau William Woiceske

Title

Silent Night

 
Artist
Year
1934  
Technique
etching and aquatint 
Image Size
10 1/8 x 14 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right; monogram in plate, lower right 
Edition Size
60 
Annotations
titled and editioned in pencil 
Reference
Kleeman 37; illustrated, Fine Prints of the Year, 1935, plate 98 
Paper
antique-white BFK 
State
published 
Publisher
Kleeman Gallery 
Inventory ID
15765 
Price
$800.00 
Description

American regionalist printmaker Ronau Woiceske depicts a small Northeastern village at night, viewed from an unplowed road on a hill leading into (and out of) town.

The artist used aquatint in the sky and etching to create the illusion a serene, moonlit winter night, a landscape covered in snow. It is one of those nights when the cold is so intense it silences everything, though the tree tops seem to be bending from a wind, while the plants on the ground are stationary.

This image was published in 1934 by the Henry Kleeman Gallery in New York. Henry Kleeman ran a gallery on East 57th St where he showed American and European prints and paintings from all eras and was also an early promoter of the artists who evolved the new Abstract Expressionist movement in the late 1930s through the 1950s.