Old Stone Quarry by Arthur Bowen Davies

Old Stone Quarry by Arthur Bowen Davies

Old Stone Quarry

Arthur Bowen Davies

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Title

Old Stone Quarry

 
Artist
Year
1924  
Technique
transfer lithograph 
Image Size
13 x 17" image size 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
unnumbered, from an edition of 25 
Annotations
pencil titled in unidentified hand, lower left sheet edge 
Reference
Czestochowski 215, illustr. pg. 217; Price 118; Rueppel 185 
Paper
sturdy cream laid 
State
published 
Publisher
Weyhe Gallery, NY 
Inventory ID
21972 
Price
$400.00 
Description

Arthur B. Davies used a few printers for his work including lithographer George C. Miller who printed a series of 25 lithographs, published by Weyhe Galleries in New York. These were Davies' last lithographs, which were mostly done as transfers. Davies would draw on a sheet of transfer paper with litho crayon, these drawings were then transferred to a stone and printed. The resulting image would be in the same direction as the drawing.

"Old Stone Quarry" is next to the last lithograph that Davies did. Much of the composition was done using the side of the litho crayon, the result being broad areas of grays and blacks, only constrained by a few lines of reference. The over-all effect is almost gestural abstraction, until you examine it closer.

One advantage of transfer lithography is that the drawing on the matrix can be done on location and that the composition that is drawn will be the same as the print. Transfer paper is much easier to travel with than litho stones or metal plates. It is likely that Davies did this on site.

 

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