Martin Lewis (1880-1962).
"The Return." Drypoint and sandground, 1925. Signed in pencil, inscribed "52/60." Edition 60, recorded impressions 36. Image size 7 7/8 x 9 7/8" (20.1 x 25.2 cm).
It was unusual for Martin Lewis to number his prints. Only when he was working with the Downtown Gallery in the mid 1920's did he number them.
"The Prints of Martin Lewis. A Catalogue Raisonne." Paul McCarron #45.
Martin Lewis is considered one of the greatest American printmakers of the first half of the twentieth century. He used his superb sense of composition and his technical skill as a master printmaker to create images of New York City and rural Connecticut that are as captivating today as they were in the late 1920’s when he was first recognized as an important artist. He was one of the first printmakers to sell out an edition of a print during an exhibition, and many of his etchings and drypoints sold out in a few months. Martin Lewis spent most of his life living in New York City after arriving from Australia. However, he did travel to Europe and lived briefly in Japan and rural Connecticut.
Very good condition, no tears or scrapes. A beautiful impression.