Seymour Tubis Pencil Signed Aquatint Etching Lackawanna Ferry Terminal in Hoboken New Jersey 1947 Artist Proof


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Title: Lackawanna Ferry
Artist: Seymour Tubis - (1919-1993) - American artist
Technique: Original Etching and Aquatint
Signature: Signed, titled, and numbered in pencil by the artist
Date Published: 1947
Edition: A rare Artist Proof before the Limited Edition of 17.
Dimensions: Sheet size - 8-1/8 x 9-7/8 inches, Image size - 4-7/8 x 7 inches.
Condition: Excellent Condition without any flaws. Without age toning, foxing, or tears. This print has never been matted or framed.
References: Tubis 92. This print came from the estate collection of American artist Will Barnet. The print is in the National Gallery of Art and can be seen on their website.
Printing: A strong image expertly printed in black ink on cream wove paper by Will Barnet at the Art Students League in New York.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve with an archival backing board.
Description: Lackawanna Ferry is a fine example of the mid-century printmaking of American artist Seymour Tubis who had been inspired by the abstract and cubist style of European artists including French painter and printmaker Georges Braque.

This image is a somewhat abstract depiction of the Lackawanna Ferry terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey. During the period this print was made Tubis was studying at the Art Students League in New York with Vaclav Vytlacil, Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Morris Kantor. He was eventually appointed assistant instructor to Vytlacil and Barnet.

Tubis won first prize in etching at the Society of American Graphic Artists in New York in 1948.

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Seymour Tubis was a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. He was born in Philadelphia on September 20, 1919. He studied at Temple University in Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Museum School of Art from 1941 to 1942; the Art Students League in New York from 1946 to 1949 with Vaclav Vytlacil, Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Morris Kantor; l'Academie de la grande Chaumiere in Paris from 1949 to 1950; and L'Istituto d'Arte in Florence in 1950. A chance meeting with Georges Braque during Tubis' first solo exhibition in Paris induced Braque to nominate Tubis for the Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to continue his studies in Florence. He also studied under Hans Hoffman.

In 1948, after his military discharge, Tubis taught painting and printmaking at the Art Students League in New York. In the early 1950s he was an instructor in Adult Education in New York City as well as at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. He worked as artist-consultant for the New York Times between 1955 and 1960. In 1962, Tubis moved to New Mexico where he headed the printmaking department of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He served as chair of the art department from 1963 to 1980.

Tubis exhibited internationally and his works are represented in the Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute, Dallas Museum of Art, Georgetown University, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Society in London, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. He was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and a life member of the Art Students’ League.

Tubis died in Denver, Colorado on May 15, 1993.

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