John Gernand was an important and accomplished Washington artist curator, but it is a rare treat to find any of his work available for sale. He was most actively working as a painter in the 1930s and 1940s; by the late part of the mid-Century he had moved to, and become a master in, print-making.
The photos show the fine quality of his engraving, his superior control in his cuts into the plate, and most importantly his ability to create expressiveness in a work of abstraction.
This artist’s proof is rare and splendid.
Engraving printed by intaglio press.
An unidentified hand-made paper (possibly mould-made, but unlikely given lack of watermark)
Hand-signed in pencil by the artist en recto lower center. Marked in pencil as an Artist’s Proof (“A/P”) and dated (“-72”) en recto lower right. Inscribed “To Dr. Nattel’s wife and children” en verso lower left.
This is an Artist’s Proof, preceding an unknown edition.
Custom framed in black-painted Ash and matted behind UV-Filtering Plexiglass. All conservation materials.
Very Good or better condition. Occasional foxing but stable and non-intrusive. A nicely inked print, bold and crisp.
33 in. (h) x 27 in. (w) × 1.25 in. (d)
23.5 in. (h) x 19.3875 in. (w)