Civic Insomnia (New York) - GERALD GEERLINGS
Aquatint, 1932, Czestochowski 28 (v/V), edition 38. 10 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on a light blue-green WHATMAN wove paper. The condition is fine and the margins are full. This masterpiece of American printmaking is quite rare today. The catalogue lists twenty-nine impressions in museum collections which includes trial proofs and early state impressions. Like John Taylor Arms, Louis Rosenberg and Samuel Chamberlain, Geerlings was trained as an architect and later took up printmaking. This remarkable view of New York at night is done in pure aquatint without the assistance of etching to help define forms.
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