Title: Mount Fuji, from Shoji.
Martin Lewis (1880-1962)
Medium: Pencil drawing with white highlights on blue grey paper, c.1921.
Unsigned, circular stamp on verso "Collection Lucille Deming Lewis" and numbered "LDL-270." The stamp and number were added in 1962 when Paul McCarron at Kennedy Galleries did the inventory for the Martin Lewis estate. Lucille was Martin Lewis' wife.
Paper size 9 7/16 x 12 1/4" (24 x 31.7 cm).
Condition: Very good condition, from a sketch book so two holes in the paper on the right side where it was clipped into the sketch book.
Martin Lewis (1880-1962) Was born in Castlemaine, Australia on July 9, 1880. His birth date has been incorrectly listed in most publications on the artist as 1881. Martin Lewis is considered one of the greatest American printmakers of the first half of the twentieth century. He used his superb sense of composition and his technical skill as a master printmaker to create images of New York City and rural Connecticut that are as captivating today as they were in the late 1920's when he was first recognized as an important artist. He was one of the first printmakers to sell out an edition of a print during an exhibition, and many of his etchings and drypoints sold out in a few months. He traveled to Japan late in 1919 staying for just under two years. The trip was important for the artist, while in Japan he studied Ukiyo-E and other styles of Japanese art.