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Martin Lewis
The Glow of the City.

1929

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1929. Drypoint. McCarron 77. 11 1/4 x 14 1/4 (sheet 14 1/8 x 18 3/4). Edition of 110 recorded impressions, including 4 trial proofs. Illustrated: American Etchers: Martin Lewis; Fine Prints of the Year, 1930. A rich impression printed on Kalmer Swedish paper, with full margins. Signed and annotated "imp" in pencil, indicating a proof printed by the artist. Price on request. The Glow of the City is considered to be one of Lewis' most iconic and important works. Lewis was awarded the Charles M. Lea prize from the Print Club of Philadelphia. According to McCarron, "The stylized profile and pose of the woman owe something to what might be called the Egyptian mode of Art Deco." (page 142). The Chanin Building, located at 122 East 42nd Street, at the corner of Lexington Avenue, in Manhattan, built by Irwin S. Chanin in 1929, had just been completed when Lewis executed this work. The building, constructed of buff-brick, limestone, and terra-cotta tower, is 680 feet high. Designed in the Art Deco style, its 56 story towers and blunt buttressed crown became a symbol of New York architectural modernism. It was designed by Sloan and Robertson in the Art Deco style, with the assistance of Chanin's own architect Jacques Delamarre, and it incorporates architectural sculpture by Rene Paul Chambellan. It is located at 122 East 42nd Street, at the corner of Lexington Avenue, across the street from the iconic Chrysler Building. The dark steeple in the background is that of a church that once stood at the Manhattan entrance of the Midtown Tunnel. The Bruce Museum said of Lewis: "Recognized as one of the premier American printmakers of the first half of the 20th century, Martin Lewis left an indelible mark on the landscape of the art world. Lewis was an acknowledged master of the intaglio techniques of printmaking, experimenting with multiple processes including etching, aquatint, engraving and drypoint. A highly skilled printer, Lewis created magnificent impressions that captured the energy, bustle and occasional solitude of all aspects of city life in New York. With his remove to Connecticut in 1932, Lewis instigated another topic through his printmaking: country life. This firmly entrenched Lewis as a prominent America scene artist, who captured the intersection between the urban and rural environments and shed light on the slowly emerging suburban culture." Martin Lewis created iconic images that captured the energy, bustle and occasional solitude of all aspects of city life in New York.

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