Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014

Plate: St. George and the Dragon

Plate: St. George and the Dragon

1936

Russell Barnett Aitken

(American, 1910–2002)

Enamel

Diameter: 53.8 cm (21 3/16 in.)

Gift of The Cleveland Art Association 1936.377

Description

In the 1930s one of the most popular departments at the Cleveland School of Art (now Cleveland Institute of Art) was enameling. Students translated ideas of color and composition that they were learning in painting and ceramics to the application of glass powder enamels on copper, akin to Aitken's depiction of Saint George slaying a very demanding dragon. Working in a lighthearted style, Aitken was among the most prolific and accomplished student artisans to find commercial success in this medium.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Enamel
Medium: 
Enamel

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