John Taylor Arms, one of the most important American printmakers of the first half of the Twentieth Century, believed that art could further the spiritual and moral improvement of mankind. He viewed printmaking—with its ability to create multiple fine copies of the same image—as a vehicle for disseminating images of subjects that would uplift and inspire contemporary society.
Arms titled this work “Lace”. On a proof, he wrote, “Too much lace by the yard”. (What lace has to do with the Place Victor Hugo is a mystery to me.)
Etching on natural-white mould-made wove paper
Signed and dated by the artist, in pencil, en recto lower right, with date. Also hand-signed and editioned, in pencil, by the printer, en recto lower left.
Frederick Reynolds, London
From the edition of 50.
Professionally framed and matted in a solid walnut wood frame and glazed with 99% UV-filtering art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Excellent condition. The image is crisp and clear and well inked. Paper is undamaged with very little age toning.
15.5 in. (h) x 17 in. (w) x 1 in. (d)
7 in. (h) x 9.5 in. (w)
Catalogues raisonné: Fletcher, John Taylor Arms: A Man for All Time (Eastern Press, 1982), No. 20; New York Public Library catalogue: No. 18.