New Year's Eve by Albert Abramovitz

New Years Eve by Albert Abramovitz

New Year's Eve

Albert Abramovitz

Title

New Year's Eve

 
Artist
Year
c. 1935  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
7 7/8 x 10 5/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
under 25 
Annotations
 
Reference
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FA 5507; GSA WPA artwork p. 51; Metropolitan Museum of Art 43.33769 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
NYC WPA 
Inventory ID
MIST111 
Price
SOLD
Description

Latvian born Albert Abramowitz did a number of prints for the New York WPA-PWAP (Public Works of Art Project) that depicted life on the streets of New York during the Great Depression, the bread lines and flop houses and a few images like this: well-to-do New Yorkers celebrating the New Year, perhaps in Times Square, anticipating a better year and thankful for having survived the past year of the depression.

This image was engraved by Abramovitz on the dense end-grain of a block of wood, using special engraving tools to carve the subtle white lines that create the image. The surface is inked with black ink and printed. The engraved lines, which are beneath the surface of the block, do not print. The white lines are created by the uninked paper while the grays contain a small amount of ink.