Earl Horter The Kitchen New Orleans Pencil Signed Aquatint Etching 1940 in AAA Mat


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Title: The Kitchen, New Orleans
Artist: Earl Horter - (1888-1940) - American artist
Technique: Original Aquatint Etching
Signature: Signed in pencil by the artist.
Date Published: 1940 (etched c. 1935).
Edition: Limited Edition of 179
Dimensions: Sheet size - 12-1/2 x 15 inches, Image size - 10-3/8 x 12-1/4 inches, Mat size - 14 x 18 inches.
Condition: Excellent condition without any flaws. Without age toning, foxing, tears, or creases.
References: Associated American Artists (AAA) Index (2015), Print No. 400.
This print is in the collection of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco and can be seen on their website.
Printing: A strong impression printed in black ink on Vidalon wove paper.
Presentation: Placed in the original AAA presentation mat with the original descriptive label. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.
Description: American artist Earl Horter made several etchings of scenes in Now Orleans. This one titled "The Kitchen, New Orleans," shows an open air kitchen where people are preparing food. For this work, Horter used the aquatint technique which allows for a large tonal range and has the look of a monochrome painting.

Prior to its publication by Associated American Artists, this aquatint etching was awarded a $100 prize by the Philadelphia Print Club. It was also shown in 1935 at the Brooklyn Society of Etchers annual exhibition.

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Earl Horter was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. An accomplished etcher, printmaker, advertising artist, teacher, and collector, Horter spent much of his adult life in New York.

In 1916, at the recommendation of Carl Zigrosser, who would later become the first Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, Horter received his first exhibition at the Frederick and Keppel Company Gallery, showing a number of views of New York.

Horter also exhibited at the Pan-American Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Print Club, and between 1935 and 1939 at the Corcoran Gallery Biennials.

In 1916 Horter left New York to work for the advertising agency, N.W. Ayer and Sons in Philadelphia, where he met modernist artists Henry McCarter and Arthur B. Carles and soon became an avid collector of modern art.

As an advertising artist, designer, draftsman, and printmaker, Horter earned much of his income from freelance projects, but this did stop him from collecting.

In the late 1930s Horter also became involved in the Philadelphia Art Alliance, which promoted the arts through a number of exhibitions of European Modernist and contemporary American art.

Much of his extensive collection of modern art which included works by Picasso, Braque and Modigliani among others is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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