Sunday, January 30, 2011

Doel Reed Aquatint - A Woman of the Oklahoma Praries

A master printmaker, Reed's prints are reminiscent of Gene Kloss' work in their high contrast and expert use of light and shadow. He worked in a variety of mediums, but is best known for his prints, aquatints and casein paintings

Available in our shop :

Aquatint, 8 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches on larger sheet. Edition number 12/25.
Signed on the plate, and with pencil and chop mark, lower right. Dated 1936.

Condition: Very good overall, minor mat darkening seen around edges. Supplied in archival study mat.

PROVENANCE : Acquired directly from the artist in Taos New Mexico by Edward Rice III. This was the last copy of the print the artist had in his possession. Mr. Reed told me (Edward Rice III) that he had been at an all night powwow on the Sioux reservation. As dawn rose, he observed the woman portrayed in the print coming out of her Tipi to fetch water. He was so taken by this image that he immediately set to work on the Aquatint seen here. A certificate of provenance will be included with this purchase.

Educated at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Reed served as the head of the Oklahoma State University art department from 1924-1959, with breaks in his tenure in 1926 and 1930-31 while he traveled in France, studying and sketching.

He was elected to the National Academy of Design for his printmaking in 1952, and wrote a book entitled “Doel Reed Makes an Aquatint” in 1965. Doel Reed’s work is in the collection of the Carnegie Institute, the Honolulu Academy of Art, Grinnell College, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the New York Public Library, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Oklahoma Art Club, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philbrook Art Club, the Seattle Art Museum, Southern Methodist University, the University of Montana, the University of Tulsa, La Biblioteque Nationale, Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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