From the Sea by Elizabeth Saltonstall

From the Sea by Elizabeth Saltonstall

From the Sea

Elizabeth Saltonstall

Title

From the Sea

 
Artist
Year
1948  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
12 3/4 x 9 11/16" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
50 
Annotations
titled and editioned in pencil 
Reference
Boston Printmakers / Acton 8 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
8602 
Price
SOLD
Description

Elizabeth Saltonstall was a foundering member of The Boston Printmakers in 1947. She and her friend Ruth Haviland Sutton learned lithography in New York from George C. Miller in the mid 1930s and he printed Saltenstall's lithographs thereafter.

"From the Sea" was used to illustrate her work in the 2009 exhibiton "60 Years of North American Prints 1947-2007", written by David Acton and published by The Boston Printmakers. It is discussed on page 42 and illustrated on page 43.

Acton remarks about this composition: "From the Sea" seems to represent objects gathered during a walk on the beach....The artist arranged the still life carefully, drawing the eye to the background with strong diagonals, then directing attention forward again with the soft spiral of the twisted rope.

Saltonstall precisely arranges shapes and surfaces, balancing the protruding crown of one shell with the interior void in another and contrasting smooth contours with jagged ones. She chose the group of shells, self-sculpted driftwood and a scrap of braided hemp rope for their varied surfaces and visual textures...."

"From the Sea" won the first Albert Wiggin Purchase Prize when it was exhibited in the Boston Printmakers inaugeral exhibition in 1948 and was also featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review in connection with Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book of 1955, titled Gift From the Sea. Lindbergh wrote the essay-style work by taking shells on the beach for inspiration and reflecting on the lives of Americans, particularly American women, in the mid-20th century.