Benton L. Spruance Large Pencil Signed Color Lithograph St. Francis - the Fields 1953 Framed


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Title: St. Francis - the Fields
Artist: Benton L. Spruance - (1904-1967) - American artist
Technique: Color Stone Lithograph
Signature: Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil by the artist, and signed in the stone. At the bottom left there is an inscription.
Date Published : 1953
Edition: A lifetime impression from a small Limited Edition of 35.
Dimensions: Image size - 13 x 19 inches, Frame size - 21-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches.
Condition: We have not examined this print out of the frame, but it appears to be in Very Good condition with only some light age toning. Recently reframed with a solid core archival light gray/green mat behind glass in a solid wood frame with a dark stain.
References: The reference for this etching is The Prints of Benton Murdoch Spruance, A Catalog Raisonne by Ruth E. Fine and Robert F. Looney. It is # 325 in the catalog.
This print in the collection of the Library of Congress and can be seen on their website.
Printing: A strong impression expertly printed by the artist in black and yellow ink on natural wove paper.
Presentation: Recently reframed with a solid core archival light gray/green mat behind glass in a solid wood frame with a dark stain. It is nicely presented and ready to hang.
Description: St. Francis - the Fields is a large two-color lithograph by well known Pennsylvania artist Benton L. Spruance. In this original print St. Francis has one bird in his right hand, one on his left shoulder, and another in his left hand as he stands behind a young woman farm worker who holds a net in both hands. St. Francis is shown with a halo. Spruance also produced a couple of other lithographs featuring St. Francis.

Benton L. Spruance was an internationally known artist, an expert technician in color and black and white lithography. While attending architectural classes at the University of Pennsylvania, he developed an interest in graphic sketching, which eventually led him to win a competitive scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

He received many awards and fellowships including two Cresson Scholarships to travel in Europe and two Guggenheim grants. In 1967 the Philadelphia College of Art held a special retrospective exhibition of his lithographs in honor of his "distinguished achievement as an artist and as a member of their faculty." Spruance served on the Philadelphia Art Commission, was the chairman of the Arts Department of Beaver College, and the chairman of the

Printmaking Department of the Philadelphia College of Art.
His art is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Carnegie Institute.

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