Martin Lewis (1881-1962)
Little Penthouse, 1931
Drypoint
Signed in the plate in a rectangle at lower left
9 7/8 x 6 ¾ in.
Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly © Estate of Martin Lewis

The Prints of Martin Lewis: From the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly

October 2, 2011 - February 26, 2012

Recognized as one of the premier American printmakers of the first half of the 20th century, Martin Lewis (1881-1962) left an indelible mark on the landscape of the art world. Lewis was an acknowledged master of the intaglio techniques of printmaking, experimenting with multiple processes including etching, aquatint, engraving, and drypoint.

A highly skilled printer, Lewis created magnificent impressions that captured the energy, bustle, and occasional solitude of all aspects of city life in New York. With his move to Connecticut in 1932, Lewis investigated another topic through his printmaking: country life. This firmly entrenched Lewis as a prominent American scene artist, who captured the intersection between the urban and rural environments and shed light on the slowly emerging suburban culture.

The exhibition The Prints of Martin Lewis: From the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly features more than thirty prints and several canceled plates by the artist from the private collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly of West Redding, Connecticut. The exhibition is generously supported by a private donation and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

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This exhibition is held in the Bantle Lecture Gallery, which may have limited viewing due to programming activities. Please see call ahead for viewing hours.