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Asa Cheffetz, Ramshackle Barn (de-accessioned from the Denver Art Museum), ca. 1929
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Ramshackle Barn (de-accessioned from the Denver Art Museum), ca. 1929
Pencil signed, numbered 27/100 and titled by the artist on the front
13 × 10 1/4 inches
Unframed - affixed to matting
De-accessioned from the collection of the Denver Art Museum
Asa Chaffetz, "the engraver's engraver" This is the original numbered wood engraving from 1929; not a later re-print
This print was honorable mention in the International Exhibition of prints, Art Institute of Chicago, 1929
Exhibited: New England engraved: The prints of Asa Cheffetz: An Exhibition of his wood engraving & an exploration of his life as an artist. Springfield, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, 1984 (A different example)
Asa Cheffetz Biography:
Born in Buffalo, New York, Cheffetz studied at the School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston under Philip Leslie Hale and at the National Academy of Design in New York City. He also studied with Ivan Gregorevitch and William Auerbach-Levy. Settling in Springfield, Massachusetts where his family operated a movie theater, Cheffetz applied his training and talent to the mastery of wood engraving, a medium for which he is now best known in which he was largely self-taught.
The majority of his work is devoted to depictions of the rural New England landscape. In the sense that Tony Bennett is referred to as “a singer's singer”, Cheffetz is arguably “the engraver's engraver” of his time. Looking past the conventionality of his subject matter, his technique is so skillful that he achieves effects of light, shadow, and texture in his wood engravings that a lithographer might envy. Cheffetz was also a perfectionist; he personally printed his engravings with meticulous attention to detail and tonal gradation.