SPRUANCE, Benton

The People Work: Morning, Evening, Night, 1937

American (1904 – 1967)

The People Work:  Morning, Evening, Night, 1937

Fine & Looney 141, 143 and 144. Three lithographs and the rare title page from the set The People Work, printed on RIVES paper with full margins. Edition of 40. Very rare.
Signed, dated, titled and and inscribed in pencil.
13 5/8 x 19in.; 34.6 x 48.3cm.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts described their impression of Morning: “Benton Spruance’s imaginative interpretation of the morning rush hour highlights the intermingling of strangers from all walks of life in the urban ritual of riding public transit to work. The unusual cross-section view of the New York subway clogged with passengers suggests the nervous activities of a beehive or ant colony. Widely considered Spruance’s most successful prints, the other three lithographs from the series are “Noon,” “Evening,” and “Night,” completing the cycle of a full working day and night.”

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