Feb 14, 2011

The Butterfly

The Butterfly


John Taylor Arms Frederick Reynolds

(American, 1887–1953)

Color etching and aquatint

Support: Wove Paper

Gift of Carole W. and Charles B. Rosenblatt 2009.621

Catalogue raisonné: Fletcher, 48

State: II



In 1919 and 1920 Arms executed a group of prints of sailboats on calm waters with mountainous backgrounds. Aquatint, an etching technique, is utilized to achieve large wash-like areas. In this beautiful and refined work, line is minimal, only delineating the sailboat while subtly graduated planes of tone suggest distance and atmosphere. Printed in color, the snow-covered peaks and shimmering waters are described with an exquisite delicacy.

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PR - Etching
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