Forest Fire by Doris Meyer Chatham

Forest Fire by Doris Meyer Chatham

Forest Fire

Doris Meyer Chatham

Title

Forest Fire

 
Artist

Doris Meyer Chatham

  1923 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1955  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
13 7/8 x 20" image 
Signature
signed "Doris Clark Meyer" in pencil in lower right 
Edition Size
14 of 25  
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left; dated '55 after signature 
Reference
 
Paper
smooth, ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
18492 
Price
$400.00 
Description

Doris Meyer Chatham's biography details a rather remarkable journey and gives a lot of insight into the artist's work. One turning point was her time spent with Atelier 17 in Paris in the late 1950s.

She learned lithography from Glen Alps in 1955 and her lithographs from this period have wide margins with slices and cutouts in these margins that were used to help register the color.

In this color lithograph, done in 1955, she captures the chaos and yet strange destructive beauty of a forest fire as it creates its own weather system.

Meyer uses the color sparsely, with areas of white showing through, like ashes and embers scattering. The composition has a kind of vortex that expands outward as an uncontrolled force.