Work of one of America's premier printmakers on view at the Bruce
Recognized as one of the premier American printmakers of the first half of the 20th century, Lewis (1881-1962) left an indelible mark on the landscape of the art world.
Although not as publicly well known as some of his contemporaries, such as Edward Hopper, Lewis was a highly skilled printer who was greatly involved in the artistic scene of New York City during the 1920s and '30s.
This exhibition features more than 30 etchings and several canceled plates by the artist from the private collection of Dorrance Kelly, of Redding.
The exhibition provides a brief biographical account of Lewis and showcases some of the artist's best technical prints. Lewis was an acknowledged master of the intaglio techniques of printmaking, experimenting with multiple processes including etching, aquatint, engraving, mezzotint, and dry point.
In 1915, he produced his first documented etching, "Smoke Pillar, Weehawken." Images like that documented the scenes of everyday life as they played out in the thriving metropolis around New York City.
Lewis portrayed all aspects of city life, including dockworkers, skyscrapers, tugboats and pedestrians -- mostly the ladies.
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He produced magnificent prints that captured the energy, bustle and occasional solitude of New York.
With his move to Connecticut in 1932, Lewis investigated another topic through his printmaking: country life.
This firmly entrenched Lewis as a prominent American scene artist, as his prints captured the intersection between the urban and rural environments and shed light on the slowly emerging suburban culture.
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