The Juggler by Dorr Bothwell

The Juggler by Dorr Bothwell

The Juggler

Dorr Bothwell

Title

The Juggler

 
Artist

Dorr Bothwell

  1902 - 2000 (biography)
Year
1949  
Technique
color serigraph / screenprint 
Image Size
19 1/16 x 14" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
14 of 45  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated and editioned in lower margin; pencil signature and date in the image, lower right 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
ABMM267 
Price
$1,300.00 
Description

Dorr Bothwell was influenced by the Surrealists, Arthur Dow's theory of Notan, and the design concepts of Rudolph Schaeffer. She wrote her own book 'Notan: The Dark-Light Principal of Design.'

This color screenprint is an excellent example of her work from the late 1940s. An abstracted "juggler", surrounded by a number of globes, tossed in the air. The composition has tension and balance, yet conveys a sense of movement, stopped in time. The light figure is set against a modulated dark background.

Bothwell wrote: "Everywhere we look we see this principle in action. Trees are not silhouetted against blank air, but hold blue patterns between their leaves with the branches frame living shapes of sky. We delight in the openings between the leaves of a plant or the spokes of the wheel. this endless exchange between form and space excites us. Once more we feel in touch with our world; our aesthetic sense is being fed and we are comforted."