Sawback ValleyItem #: A-1464
Artwork Size: 3.6'' x 4.5'' or 9.1cm x 11.4cm
About this artwork: 1928 Original etching from artist Levon West. pencil signed on lower right and numbered on left. This print is number 22 of a limited edition of only 40. This is one of his most sought after print. He became known for his depictions of western ranch life and scenes from the American Northwest. West's etchings are now in most museums in North America as he was considered an excellent etcher. He was honored in his own time. By age forty, his art was included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Havermeyer Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He was given the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award by the state of North Dakota in 1962.
The Sawback Valley etching is featured in Levon West catalogue raisonné published in 1930 under the title "A Catalogue of the Etchings of Levon West" compiled by Otto M. Torrington published in New York by William Edwin Rudge. The etching is #114 in the book and is described as an Edition of 40 numbered impressions and 6 trial proofs. The plate was destroyed afterward.
Artwork by: Levon West (1900 - 1968)
Born in Centerville, South Dakota, West received his education at the University of Minnesota. He became interested in etching and studied with Joseph Pennell at the Art Students League in New York. Pennell was so impressed with West he gave him the etching tools that Whistler had left to him. West became popular as an etcher when the New York Times published his print of Lindbergh's plane, "Spirit of St. Louis." After the Depression ruined the print market he turned to color photography, working with Life magazine and the Saturday Evening Post, publishing his photographs under the name of Ivan Dimitri. The majority of his etchings deal with the Rocky Mountain and Northwest area showing the struggles of man with weather and loneliness. These images are eloquently printed with large areas carefully wiped for tonal value.
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