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Anders Gustave Aldrin, (American, b. Sweden 1889-1970)

California Hills

Color woodblock print. With artist's monogram AGA within the composition at lower right. Titled in pencil on lower left, California Hills, signed at right, Anders G. Aldrin. Self-carved and self-printed by the artist, ca. 1934. Published by the artist in conjunction with the Federal Art Project, WPA (Works Progress Administration).

A: [darker palette] Numbered 4/150 in pencil on bottom margin.

32 by 37.4 cm

B: [lighter palette; monoprint] Numbered in pencil '2' in lower right corner.

32.8 by 39.4 cm

This design, California Hills, was printed in regular numbered editions by Aldrin, in slightly different combinations of colors on the hills and distant mountains. While impression A is regular numbered variant, impression B is a monotype print (or more accurately, a monoprint). A print is considered a monotype if the artist has manipulated the inks in such a way that it can not be replicated. Monotype printing is often called painterly printing, because the artist applies the ink or pigment to a surface and then pulls a single impression, sometimes followed by a second 'ghost' impression of the residual ink. This particular impression seems to be a 'ghost' of a regular print, thus a monoprint.


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