Paul Landacre 'Sultry Day', wood engraving, 1935, edition 60, 200 in 1937, Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 71.
Signed and dated in the block, lower left. An impression from the 1937 edition by American Artists Group; not hand-signed, as published. A brilliant, black impression, on cream, wove paper, with large, full margins (3 1/2 to 5 7/8 inches), in excellent condition.
Awards: First Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1936. Selected for exhibition at the Venice Biennale, 1938.
Reproduced and exhibited: 'Paul Landacre: Prints and Drawings', Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983; 'Original Etchings, Lithographs, and Woodcuts Published by the American Artists Group, Inc.', New York: The Group, 1936.
Exhibited: 'Figures and Forms: Selections from the Terra Foundation for the Arts,' Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, Illinois, 2000; 'Pressed In Time: American Prints 1905-1950,' The Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, 2007-2008.
Impressions of this print are in the collections of the following institutions: Harvard Art Museums, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Library of Congress (Pennell Fund purchase). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Spencer Art Museum, Terra Foundation for the Arts, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paul Landacre’s wood engravings are distinguished by their flawless craftsmanship and impeccable design. His elegant compositions, at once highly modernist and intimately personal, inspired both Rockwell Kent and Carl Zigrosser to name him the pre-eminent American wood engraver of the 20th century. His work garnered numerous printmaking awards—among them, his illustrated books of poems for Ward Ritchie and Alexander Dumas 'A Gil Blas in California', and his first solo book, 'California Hills and Other Wood Engravings', winner of the 'Fifty Books of the Year' (1931), American Institute of Graphic Arts. In 1946 he was elected to the National Academy of Design and in 1947 the Smithsonian celebrated Landacre at midcareer by giving him a solo exhibition which was curated by the influential painter, printmaker, and scholar Jacob Kainen.
Landacre's graphic work is represented in numerous public and museum collections including: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, New York Public Library, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art.