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Bertha Evelyn Clausen Jaques
Fulcassiara (Night Shade #2. Solanum Dulcamara.)

1932

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Fulcassiara (Night Shade #2. Solanum Dulcamara). ( Deadly Nightshade). 1932. Drypoint with hand coloring. Jaques 432. 10 7/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 15 1/8 x 10 1/16). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Provenance: the artist's estate. Signed and titled in pencil. $550. Housed in a 20 x 16-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. Bertha Clausen Jaques was an influential American printmaker in the early twentieth century. She saw an exhibition of the new French etchings at the Chicago Columbian Exposition. Subsequently, she bought a copper plate at the hardware store. She found wax, pitch, and nitric acid. She wrapped a paint roller with leather and located an old dentist's drill. Her physician husband helped her fashion etching equipment from surgical tools. Later, she got a press from Milwaukee. Then, in 1897, she created some of the first etchings in the Midwest. Jaques collaborated with Helen Hyde while she was in the Orient. Jaques was the author of Concerning Etchings (1912), Country Quest (1936), and Helen Hyde and Her Work, An Appreciation (1922). She was a founder of the Chicago Society of Etchers, that held its first exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute. The society became the model for other etching societies, making fine prints available to a broad and receptive public. In forty-seven years, the Chicago Society of Etchers exhibited least 40,000 prints across America. Bertha Jaques left a creative legacy as mentor, organizer, writer and printmaker. An active printmaker, Bertha Jaques created over 400 etchings and drypoints. None of her works was printed in a large edition. Landscape and botanical images predominate. She experimented with color and technique, applying color by hand, and making counter proofs (which she termed 'ghost prints'). She knew the Latin botanical names of most of the plants, and found beautiful specimens as models. She also used plants to make cyanotypes, and was an early experimenter in the medium.

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  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 16 in. x D .5 in.H 50.8 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 1.27 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Storrs, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU33524672392
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