Lithograph printed in black and tan
Support: Medium weight wove paper
Sheet: 29.1 x 43 cm (11 7/16 x 16 15/16 in.); Image: 19.5 x 35.3 cm (7 11/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1999.40
Catalogue raisonné: Fine and Looney 184
Benton Spruance was a celebrated painter in Philadelphia but his greatest contributions were to American printmaking--as a printmaker (evident in his over 500 lithographs) and as a teacher of the history and techniques of the graphic arts. This print reflects both the artist's interest in imagery relating to the American experience and his modernist sensibilities. The image of a typical American barn has been reduced to an arrangement of Precisionist geometric forms, enlivened by a rhythmic pattern of blacks, grays and tan, punctuated by the white, unprinted areas of the paper.
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