Peonies (also called: Japanese Peonies or Peony) by Bertha Evelyn Jaques

Peonies (also called: Japanese Peonies or Peony) by Bertha Evelyn Jaques

Peonies (also called: Japanese Peonies or Peony)

Bertha Evelyn Jaques

Title

Peonies (also called: Japanese Peonies or Peony)

 
Artist
Year
1926  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
9 15/16 x 7 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
"4th proof 2nd State" final edition size not stated. 
Annotations
pencil titled in lower left 
Reference
no. 119, checklist of the 1928 Chicago Society of Etchers exhibition; Czestochowski 357 
Paper
thin cream vellum paper 
State
4th proof of 2nd state 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21838 
Price
$750.00 
Description

This impression of "Peonies" is annotated in pencil on the lower left margin: "4th Proof 2nd State." The final state adds drypoint to the composition's background until it prints as black.

Bertha Jaques, founder of the Chicago Society of Etchers, was a force in the print world of the early 20th century in America. Besides etching, she was interested in flowers and was an active member of the Wild Flower Preservation Society. She made cyanotype photograms of wildflowers by placing the flowers directly on sensitized paper and exposing the paper to light.

Jaques did many experimental prints of flowers using color and intaglio, like her friend Helen Hyde had been doing in the late 19th century.