Two Bridges by Donald Shaw MacLaughlan

Two Bridges by Donald Shaw MacLaughlan

Two Bridges

Donald Shaw MacLaughlan

Title

Two Bridges

 
Artist
Year
1919  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
10 1/8 x 12 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower center; plate, lower right image 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
titled in pencil, verso; dated in plate 
Reference
Bruette 247; LC299 
Paper
heavy cream laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
15892 
Price
SOLD
Description

Canadian born American printmaker Donald Shaw MacLaughlan spent most of his active years in Europe where he became acquainted with Whistler and Haden, both of whom informed his etching. In 1907 MacLaughlan was selected by the Parisian dealer Alvin-Beaumont to pull impressions from several of Rembrandt’s etching plates, 84 of which Alvin-Beaumont had purchased the previous year.

The Panama-Pacfic International Exposition in 1915 in San Francisco exhibited seven of his etchings and awarded him a gold medal. MacLaughlan also won medals in expositions in Buffalo, Leipzig and Rome. He was represented by the Albert Roullier Art Galleries in Chicago, which mounted several exhibitions of his work. London’s Fine Art Society organized an exhibition of some two hundred of his works in 1926.

This etching of a bridge with two arched underpasses was done in 1919 and was possibly done in Italy. The stone bridge is reinforced with wooden beams. Two streams connect in the foreground. Like Whistler, many details in the foreground and in the distance, are sketchily drawn allowing the viewer's eye to go directly to the center of the composition and imagine the rest.