Abraham - DOX THRASH
Medium: drypoint with etching
African American, (1893-1965)
Drypoint with etching, circa 1937, Ittmann 15, edition unknown. 5 x 3 15/16 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, rich impression of this very rare print. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a faint residue of an old adhesive along the top edge of the sheet, verso.) This early, Rembrantesque portrait includes the label of the Pennsylvania WPA program. This is the first version of Abraham and the second version, (Ittmann 72), was a carborundum mezzotint and etching. Thrash joined the WPA Federal Art Project in 1937 and he began working at the Fine Print Workshop of Philadelphia. In 2001, the artist was honored with a major retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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