Carton Moorepark Pencil Signed Drypoint Etching Lake of Heaven - Yucatan Mexico c. 1928 Unframed


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Title: Lake of Heaven (Yucatan, Mexico)
Artist: Carton Moorepark - (1877-1956) - American artist
Technique: Original Drypoint Etching
Signature: Signed and titled in pencil by the artist
Date Published: c. 1928
Edition: From a Limited Edition of about 50 prints
Dimensions: Sheet size - 8-1/4 x 13-1/2 inches, Image size - 5-3/4 x 8-3/4 inches, Mat size - 11 x 14 inches.
Condition: Excellent condition with only some light rippling of the sheet at the bottom that likely occurred during the drying process after printing.
References: Works by Moorepark, including books he illustrated, can be found in private and public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Printing: A strong, rich impression expertly printed (presumably by the artist) in black ink on natural handmade wove paper.
Presentation: Placed in a solid core archival mat with archival materials. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve. This print can be safely stored in the mat or placed in a standard frame.
Description: Lake of Heaven - Yucatan with its beautiful flowing lines and excellent composition is an example of Carton Moorepark’s mature drypoint etching style. Moorepark was greatly influenced by Oriental art, and you can see the influence in the simple, but elegant lines that create the reed sail and reflections on the still water. This work clearly demonstrates that what is left out is often just as important as what is put in. An excellent example of Moorepark's highly praised etchings.

Carton Moorepark was a successful painter, commercial artist, illustrator, and printmaker who worked in New York during the early decades of the 20th century. In the years from 1926 to 1930 five of Moorepark’s prints were selected for the prestigious annual Fine Prints of the Year which showcased works by the world’s best printmakers. His etchings were also part of several exhibitions, and his illustrations appeared in leading magazines.

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Carton Moorepark was born is New Brunswick, Canada, attended the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and subsequently settled in London where his decorative, calligraphic technique was refined. His drypoint etchings of animals, many conceived for children’s books, and others of horse sports attracted early critical praise for their economy of rhythmic line and bold asymmetrical composition. After arriving in New York around 1912, Moorepark branched out into portraiture and figure painting doing pastels and watercolors in addition to oils. He soon became a part of the New York art scene with addresses on Fifth Avenue and midtown Manhattan. In those years he was listed as an artist who was also a “collector and connoisseur.”

In addition to his printmaking, he worked as a fine artist and commercial artist and illustrator for books and magazines. Two of his New York drawings were highly praised in the Architectural Record in 1912. Works by Carton Moorepark can be found in the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Museum in London, Smithsonian Museum and many other public and private collections.

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