American (1893 – 1963)

Growing Corn, 1938

Wien 209 ii/ii. Wood engraving on wove japanese paper, full margins.
Rare first edition of 60 (according to Wien, there were 59 signed impressions in the first edition and 7 in the second).
Signed, titled, numbered 10/60.
8 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.

“Inspired by the prior season’s resplendent corn crop grown in his backyard and elsewhere on the Hill, Landacre sketched and then engraved Growing Corn, perhaps the most widely exhibited of his prints. Many of Landacre’s American contemporaries during the Great Depression, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Steuart Curry, and Gustave Baumann, paid homage to the majestic corn stalk as a vital and symbolic source of nourishment for man and beast.” (Wien)

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Landacre’s “Growing Corn”  from this first edition of 60 is a part of many museum collections:  The Whitney Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Philadelphia Museum of the Arts, and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.