Black Egret by Ellen Lanyon

Black Egret by Ellen Lanyon

Black Egret

Ellen Lanyon

Title

Black Egret

 
Artist

Ellen Lanyon

  1926 - 2013 (biography)
Year
1984  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
42 3/4 x 30 1/4" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
17 of 25  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned; publisher's chop and copyright in lower left 
Reference
Landfall Press EL-84-890 
Paper
light gray Rives BFK France wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist and Landfall Press 
Inventory ID
21881 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Chicago printmaker Ellen Lanyon shows her exceptional drawing skills to create this large lithograph of two African Black Egrets, done at Landfall Press in Chicago with Master Printer Jack Lemon.

The bird in the foreground is sketched in, as if in glaring sunlight and the other with its black plumage. Lanyon focuses the viewer's attention on the two birds by just suggesting a landscape as a surround. The whole lithograph is printed on a light gray paper.

During courtship the Black Egret (Heron) grows long feather plumes on its crown and nape. The black heron occurs through Sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal and Sudan to South Africa, but is found mainly on the eastern half of the continent and in Madagascar. It has also been observed in Greece and Italy.