Bench Lizards by Anthony Angarola

Bench Lizards by Anthony Angarola

Bench Lizards

Anthony Angarola

Title

Bench Lizards

 
Artist
Year
1926  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
9 1/2 x 13 5/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
50 proofs (pencil annotated "No 10") 
Annotations
pencil signed, titled and annotated "50 Proofs" and No.10 - 1926" 
Reference
Minneapolis Institute of Art Acquisition P.91.9 
Paper
ivory wove, "France" watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21295 
Price
$600.00 
Description

"Bench Lizards" is based on a painting Angarola did in 1922 while heading the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Minneapolis School of Art, 1922–25. This print was done in 1926 after Angarola returned to his native Chicago to teach at the Art Institute of Chicago, three years before his death at age 36.

The son of Italian immigrants, Angarola grew up in Chicago, Illinois. The social gathering place for the poor were the parks, which were public, and families would go to relax, read the paper, play chess, sew, let the children play and so on. In this image the police officer is engaged with the people rather than being a "guard". The painting of "Bench Lizards" was his first major success.