American (1904-1967)

American Pattern – Barn, 1940

Fine & Looney 184. Lithograph printed in tan and black on Rives wove paper, full margins. Edition of 45. Rare. Printed by Cuno. Signed, titled and annotated “Ed 45” in pencil.

7 ⅝ x 13 ⅞ inches

“Benton Spruance was a celebrated painter in Philadelphia but his greatest contributions were to American printmaking–as a printmaker (evident in his over 500 lithographs) and as a teacher of the history and techniques of the graphic arts. This print reflects both the artist’s interest in imagery relating to the American experience and his modernist sensibilities. The image of a typical American barn has been reduced to an arrangement of Precisionist geometric forms, enlivened by a rhythmic pattern of blacks, grays and tan, punctuated by the white, unprinted areas of the paper”. (Cleveland Museum of Art)