Albert Sterner Pencil Signed Soft Ground Etching Trouble in the Street New York 1928


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Trouble in the Street is an original pencil signed soft ground etching created in 1928 by American artist Albert Sterner. From a Limited Edition signed in pencil by the artist.

Title: Trouble in the Street
Artist: Albert Sterner - (1863-1946) - English born American artist.
Technique: Soft Ground Etching
Signature: Signed, dated, and titled in pencil by the artist.
Date Published: 1928
Edition: Limited Edition
Dimensions: Sheet size - 11-1/4 x 14-1/4 inches, Image size - 7-3/8 x 8-7/8 inches.
Very Good condition with full margins as published.
References: Albert Sterner His Life and His Art
Printing: A strong impression printed by the artist in warm black ink on cream handmade paper.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve with backing board.
Description: Albert Sterner was a prominent illustrator and fine artist during the later years of the 19th and early 20th century.

Many of his works were portraits, but Trouble in the Street is quite different from those. This is a New York scene that was likely sketched on the spot and later transferred to a copper plate for printing. It is a unique work that quickly records an incident the way a news photographer would.

A young man has been injured and is now sitting on the steps of a tenement building while someone attends to him. Many people from the street are crowded around, and more are coming to look. We don't know the whole story of what happened. Sterner did this sketch quickly with loose free flowing lines that capture the immediacy of the event. The soft ground technique that he used for printing preserves the quality of the original drawing.

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Albert Sterner was born in London. He began taking drawing classes in 1875 at the Birmingham Art Institute while still attending King Edward's School. Although his family moved to America, Sterner stayed with relatives in Germany until about 1879 or 1880.
Rejoining his family in Chicago, he began working for a lithography firm and also painted stage scenery for the Grand Opera House, as well as doing some illustration. In 1885 Sterner established a studio in New York and began working for magazines such as Harpers, Scribners, Century, and Colliers. He traveled frequently to Europe and in 1888 enrolled at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he studied with Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. He continued to do illustration while also studying with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
In 1891 Sterner first exhibited at the Paris Salon and received an honorable mention. In 1918 he returned to America and began teaching at the Art Students League in New York.
Among the many institutions that presented exhibitions of his work were the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also won several major awards, including the Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design in 1941.

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