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MARTIN LEWIS Little Penthouse.
Drypoint, 1931. 250x173 mm; 9 7/8x6 7/8 inches, full margins. Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 75. Signed and inscribed "6th Trial proof" and "imp" in pencil, lower margin. Ex-collection Paul McCarron Fine Art, New York, with a label. A brilliant, richly-inked impression with luminous highlights and with all the details distinct.
Among Lewis's (1881-1962, see lots 149-154) most masterful prints are those depicting scenes of New York City life. These prints have historical interest, as the imagery captures the architecture and urban scenery of the time, while simultaneously incorporating ephemeral moments. The time of day, the weather, the lighting, the viewpoint--each aspect was important and added to the atmosphere of the scene. Lewis's use of shadows and light to create mood, life and movement is most powerful in his New York prints.
Little Penthouse is a celebrated etching, incorporating all of the aspects that make his prints such cherished glimpses into New York's bustling yester-year, while simultaneously capturing the timelessness of city life. McCarron 91.