Wharves by Jeannette Maxfield Lewis

Wharves by Jeannette Maxfield Lewis

Wharves

Jeannette Maxfield Lewis

Title

Wharves

 
Artist
Year
1937  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
8 13/16 x 11 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
43 
Annotations
initialed and dated in plate, lower right image; pencil titled and annotated "17th final state" 
Reference
White 97 
Paper
antique-white laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22728 
Price
$500.00 
Description

Fresno, California resident Jeannette Maxfield Lewis and her husband summered in Carmel where she studied printmaking with Carmel printmaker Armin Hansen. Like Hansen, she drew much of her inspiration from the wharves and fishermen in the Monterey/Carmel area on the Pacific coast.

This intaglio, "Wharves", is done using drypoint. In the foreground is the undulating, shadowed water of Monterey Bay. In the background are the fishing boats, wharves, and shacks near Cannery Row where people can be seen doing their jobs to bring in the catch.

Lewis creates a complicated composition, through which she leads the viewer using light and dark and directional lines that break the surface into separate areas of interest.

 

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