(Shepherd) by Lee Sturges

(Shepherd) by Lee Sturges

(Shepherd)

Lee Sturges

Title

(Shepherd)

 
Artist

Lee Sturges

  1865 - 1954 (biography)
Year
1932  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
5 15/16 x 3 7/16"  
Signature
pencil, lower center margin 
Edition Size
Trial proof II 
Annotations
artist name and the year are incised into the plate in the lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove with Umbria Italy watermark 
State
proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
22068 
Price
$100.00 
Description

Inventor/printmaker Lee Sturges (1865-1954) is best known for his landscape prints. He used drypoint to create this composition, incising directly on the copper plate with a needle and not using any acid to further bite the line, retaining the spontaneity of drawing. The line created by the ink of the "burr" helps emphasize the softness of the hair of the subject.

Sturges creates a "portrait" of this shepherd that does not portray its stoic nobility but more the dog that owners know, with its tongue hanging out, probably drooling, trying to cool off.