Nightingale by Agnes Mills

Nightingale by Agnes Mills

Nightingale

Agnes Mills

Title

Nightingale

 
Artist

Agnes Mills

  1915 - 2008 (biography)
Year
c. 1970  
Technique
color viscosity intaglio 
Image Size
5 7/8 x 2 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
9 of 250  
Annotations
pencil titled in lower left, editioned in lower center 
Reference
 
Paper
white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
MMT104 
Price
$225.00 
Description

Agnes Mills’ career began with her position as one of the youngest instructors for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project, beginning to teach theater set design and mural painting at the age of eighteen. This led to commissions by dance troupes to sketch and otherwise capture their performances, and eventually Mills’ own work in oil painting, drawing, and printmaking primarily centered around dance and theater.

In “Nightingale” a woman stands in a courtyard surrounded by birds and animals. The scene appears to be posed, similar in style to Greek folk art, with a sculptural, robed figure in the center and the fauna arranged around her. Her use of color viscosity intaglio creates a dimensionality akin to frescoes and illuminates Mills’ history as a sculptor and muralist.

 
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