This is a great vintage book print of Howard Cook (1901-1980)'s 1936 piece "Southern Mountaineer." The original (aquatint ...
moreThis is a great vintage book print of Howard Cook (1901-1980)'s 1936 piece "Southern Mountaineer." The original (aquatint and soft-ground) is in the collections of the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cook was one of the great globetrotting artists of the 20th century best known for his work in printmaking (etching, woodcutting and wood engraving). I believe the piece came from a catalogue from a show of Cook's work or from a group show. The work features deep, dramatic shadows that are the result of persistent, methodical hatching. It is currently framed as is. If desired you could have it matted to center the piece in the frame.
Cook started out his artistic career as an illustrator for Forum magazine and other publications. In 1926, he traveled to New Mexico on assignment for Forum to create Southwestern-themed woodcuts. During the 1930s Cook was lucky enough to snag not just one, but two Guggenheim Fellowships. The first would take him to Taxco, Mexico, where he would learn the fresco techniques the great Mexican muralists of the period. He would also continue to make prints. The second would take him to the American South, where he would create numerous sketches and preparatory drawings for future prints and frescoes. During the 1930s, Cook famously worked as a muralist for the W.P.A., painting frescoes for the Pittsburgh Courthouse, the San Antonio Post Office, and the Corpus Christi Post Office, among other places. less
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