Blizzard Coming by Levon West

Blizzard Coming by Levon West

Blizzard Coming

Levon West

Title

Blizzard Coming

 
Artist

Levon West

  1900 - 1968 (biography)
Year
1931  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
8 11/16 x 14 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right; in plate, lower left 
Edition Size
numbered "88" from an edition of 100 
Annotations
pencil editioned, pencil annotated "imp" and dedicated "To James A. Harris III"; annotated in plate: "January 1931". 
Reference
Fifty Prints of the Year, 1931, directory page xix (done after Torrington was published). 
Paper
antique white laid with large coat-of-arms watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20829 
Price
$450.00 
Description

A team of four sled dogs and two travelers face a strong wind in snowy landscape, readying themselves for a blizzard. West suggests the strength of the wind by using the stances and hair of the dogs and the clothing on the travelers to give a direction and sense of force to the blizzard.

Levon West used a drypoint needle to create this image, sketching directly on the copper plate. The rich drypoint lines help create the illusion of sweeping winds and the contrasting black of the dogs and figures. There are just a few trees suggested in the background, which create a horizon which will soon disappear for the travelers into a whiteout.